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  • 19th June 2012

    Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays 27

    Uri Ariel spoke on the Knesset Channel yesterday (Photo: YouTube)

    10:55 AM — In an interview broadcasted yesterday in the parliamentary Knesset Channel, Member of Knesset¬†Uri Ariel from the right-wing National Union party said that he is against the Israeli army's policy of enlisting LGBT people.

  • 8th June 2012

    In Photos: Tel Aviv Pride 2012 247

    5:10 PM — Tel Aviv today celebrated the largest pride in the Middle East with more than 100,000 people lining the streets and partying on the beach. Here are some of the best photographs of the day

  • 16th May 2012

    Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill 68

    The bill was rejected today

    6:00 PM — Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset.

  • 6th April 2012

    Israeli committee to recommend legal surrogacy for gay couples 2

    Gay couples do not qualify for surrogacy under current Israeli law

    12:50 PM — As a result of a gay couple's appeal to the High Court of Justice in Israel, a public committee which regulates issues around fertility and childbirth in Israel is to recommend changing current legislation on adoption, which excludes gay couples.

  • 29th March 2012

    Possible end to blood ban on gay men in Israel 4

    Gay men in Israel may soon be able to give blood

    2:30 PM — In Israel next month, a Health Ministry advisory committee on transfusion medicine will consider whether to amend the clause that forbids gay men donating blood, following a similar change here in Britain.

  • 13th February 2012

    Israel urged: No war before Madonna’s Pride gig, please 30

    Madonna, show-stopper, war-stopper? (Photo: David Shankbone)

    11:19 AM — An Israeli man has created a Facebook page calling on his government to hold off on a potential war with Iran until Madonna has completed her pre-Pride gig in Tel Aviv.

  • 16th January 2012

    Israeli trans man gives birth 16

    A patient described "shock" after Yuval Topper's arrival

    4:28 PM — A transgender man in Israel has reportedly become the first in the state's history to give birth. Yuval Topper, 24 had his child at the Sheba Medical Center on Thursday of last week.

  • 12th January 2012

    Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49

    Tel Aviv pride events are generally more peaceful than in Jerusalem (Photo: Guy Yitzhaki)

    3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".

  • 12th August 2011

    Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre faces closure 4

    Tel Aviv's gay youth centre may have to close

    1:26 PM — An LGBT youth centre in Tel Aviv may have to close because of financial problems. The Bar Noar centre was the scene of a fatal shooting two years ago, in which a teenage girl and a counsellor died. The perpetrator has not been caught.

  • 5th August 2011

    Israel LGBT youth conference cancelled 95

    Israel will no longer hold the LGBT youth meeting

    4:54 PM — An international LGBT youth conference will no longer be held in Israel after Palestinian gay groups complained. The International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) general assembly was to be held in Tel Aviv in December.

  • 27th June 2011

    Michael Lucas: ‘Poisonous’ anti-Israel lobby should not complain over LGBT meeting 420

    Michael Lucas says the conference should go ahead

    6:33 PM — Gay porn producer Michael Lucas says an LGBT youth conference should be held in Israel, despite objections from critics.

  • Peter Tatchell: Holding LGBT conference in Israel will inflame homophobia 78

    Peter Tatchell says the LGBT meeting should not be held in Israel

    6:10 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that holding the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation general assembly in Israel will inflame homophobia, cause divisions and stop delegates from the Muslim world attending.

  • 19th June 2011

    Row after Israeli airport staff strip search Barcelona gay rights leader’s boyfriend 231

    Tel Aviv Pride took place last week (Photo: Matthew Lawton)

    12:01 PM — Two of the leading members of Barcelona's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community have claimed that they were subjected to humiliating security checks while trying to fly home to Spain from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticised the actions by airport security staff.

  • 10th June 2011

    Tens of thousands expected at Tel Aviv Gay Pride 11

    Marchers get ready for 2011's Tel Aviv Pride

    10:34 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride in Israel today. The day kicked off with a fair at Meir Park and will end with a party at Gordon Beach, where the march concludes.

  • 6th June 2011

    Israeli Knesset Speaker angers orthodox Jews over involvement in Gay Pride Month 61

    Tel Aviv Pride takes place this Saturday 10 June.

    6:02 PM — Reuven Rivlin the Speaker (presiding officer) of the Knesset - the Israeli parliament - has angered conservative Jewish Knesset Members (MKs) over his plans to meet with leaders of the gay community in Israel in honor of Gay Pride Month.

  • 26th December 2010

    Jerusalem Pride bomber sentenced to six months community service 13

    The court sentenced the bomber to six months community service

    1:51 PM — A district court in Jerusalem has sentenced a 35-year-old Michael Naky to six months community service for setting off a makeshift bomb to disrupt a gay pride march in the city in 2007. The judge gave the sentence after a plea bargain between the defence and the prosecution.

  • 16th November 2010

    Film chronicles Israel’s gay revolution 2

    Gay Days will be screened on Thursday at the ICA

    3:41 PM — From 1985 to the present day, Israel's gay community has undergone dramatic changes. A film chronicling how the community found its feet will be shown during the UK Jewish Film Festival this week in London.

  • 21st October 2010

    Same-sex couple for Israeli Dancing With the Stars 6

    Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars will have a same-sex couple

    3:00 PM — Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars is to include a same-sex couple for the first time. TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, will be paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman in the new series which starts next month.

  • 20th October 2010

    Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8

    Nitzan Horowitz address a neeting in London last week

    4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.

  • 27th August 2010

    A year on from Tel Aviv shootings, young survivors visit Berlin memorial

    Berlin's gay memorial, which was visited by teenagers who survived 2009's Tel Aviv shootings. Photo: Flickr, maha-online

    4:06 PM — A year after the shootings at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth centre in which two young people died, over a dozen teenagers who were present at the attack have undertaken an organised trip to Germany.

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