Tag Archive | Israel

Israel’s LGBT community calls for strike after surrogacy bill defeat

Israel’s LGBT community calls for strike after surrogacy bill defeat

Surrogacy bill would have given gay couples the right to become parents, but was blocked by PM Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, blocked a legal change on Wednesday that would have given gay men the right to become parents, sparking protests by the nation’s LGBT community and calls for strike action next weekend. […]

Tel Aviv: Pride parade draws a quarter-million Israelis, foreigners

Tel Aviv: Pride parade draws a quarter-million Israelis, foreigners

Revellers toting rainbow flags flooded Tel Aviv on Friday for an annual LGBT [Pride] parade that Israel played up as evidence of its liberal values, amid international censure at its lethal response to Palestinian protests in Gaza. The beachfront procession drew some 250,000 locals and tourists, the municipality said. The British embassy donated a London-themed […]

Israel: LGBT People Come Out Online

Israel: LGBT People Come Out Online

In what is a first of its kind campaign for religious LGBT jews, many have posted their names, photos and other details online. The campaign is entitled: “Our Faces” and is run in association with Bat Kol, a lesbian organisation of religious women, and Havruta, a religious gay men’s organisation, in conjunction with religious groups […]

Jerusalem: Six LGBT Activists Stabbed At Pride Parade By Previous Stabber

Jerusalem: Six LGBT Activists Stabbed At Pride Parade By Previous Stabber

An ultra-orthodox Jew, who had just been released from prison for a previous stabbing incident at the 2005 Pride Parade, stabbed six people at this year’s Jerusalem Pride Parade, leaving two in a serious condition. Yishai Shlissel was arrested at the scene, and was the same person responsible for stabbing three people at the 2005 […]

Israel: LGBT Soldiers & Activists React Against Habayit Hayehudi Party On Facebook

Israel: LGBT Soldiers & Activists React Against Habayit Hayehudi Party On Facebook

The Israeli party, Habayit Hayehudi, has come under fire recently from the Israeli LGBT community and pro-gay supporters, because of its anti-gay opinions. There have been incidences showing an anti-gay stance by the party in the run up to the 2015 election, the most recent being sparked by seemingly homophobic opinions expressed by members of […]

Israel: Likud Hopes To Have A Gay Member In The Next Assembly (Knesset)

Israel: Likud Hopes To Have A Gay Member In The Next Assembly (Knesset)

In Israel, gay attorney Amir Ohana said it is important to contrast the voting record of Bayit Yehudi (accused of homophobia last week) ministers with the opposing Likud party members on gay rights legislation in the ministerial committee on legislation. According to Ohana, the Likud ministers always vote for gay rights.

Watch: Tel Aviv Comes Out

Watch: Tel Aviv Comes Out

In light of the recent events taking place between Israel and Gaza, an interesting documentary by the BBC World Service may now be more relevant than ever when it comes to the debate surrounding Israel’s promotion of LGBT rights and accusations by its critics of ‘pinkwashing’.