LGBT Life in Israel

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    Sep 30, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    There has been a thread of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel hate recently in the RJ forums so I thought I would highlight the extent to which the LGBT community is integrated into Israeli society and the freedoms we enjoy.


    Israel continues to lead the way in protection and acceptance of a diverse, multicultural population. Israel is at the forefront of gay rights issues, prohibiting workplace discrimination in 1992, allowing gay soldiers to serve in the IDF in 1993, and granting spousal benefits to same-sex couples in 1994. In 2006, gay marriages abroad were recognized in Israel. Uzi Even, a chemistry professor and nuclear expert, was Israel’s first openly gay Knesset member. Israel’s most famous trans woman, Dana International, took the country by storm in 1993 and won the Eurovision song competition in 1998. LGBT organizations and community centers are active throughout Israel, continuing to advocate for LGBT rights.


    2011 Tel Aviv Pride drew thousands from all over the world to celebrate the diversity, freedom and inclusion that LGBT Israelis enjoy under the law.

    OFFICIAL 2011 Tel Aviv Pride Video

    Are we perfect, no, we are not, but Israel is a beacon of hope and freedom in a region that is awash in hate and intolerance of LGBT individuals and other minorities.

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    Nov 09, 2011 3:14 AM GMT

    worth posting (: