The outspoken gay celeb, safe-sex advocate and uber-successful gay porn kingpin will premiere Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land at the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival on Feb. 8. This week I tracked down Lucas to chat about his shift to documentary.
This week I talked with Gil Hovav, Israel's leading culinary journalist and a television personality, about being out in Israel, LGBT issues, his newest cookbook Confessions of a Kitchen Rebbetzin and his spin on the current Gaza conflict.
Gay people have a battle to wage for their right to a normal life all over the world. So finally, when something is good and moving forward on the right track -- even if it is in Israel, which too many people love to hate -- embrace it, love it and enjoy it.
Israel's commendable gay rights record should be a cause for the American Left to celebrate. But in our political discourse today, the Israel-is-always-wrong crowd has used Israeli publicity of its proud LGBT culture as yet another reason to criticize the Jewish State.
We decided to boycott an event that peeled off and celebrated Israel's good gay-rights record rather than locating it within the larger problems that plague Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. The one cannot be separated from the other in our view.
Israel's queer enemies can hurl "pinkwashing" claims at her all they want. I, for one, celebrate the fact that Israel's government is proud enough of its LGBT rights record to use it for nation-banding.
Pinkwashing is the cynical use of queer people's hard-won gains by the Israeli government in an attempt to rebrand themselves as progressive, while continuing to violate international law and the human rights of Palestinians.