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Great News For Gay Jews

AP | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. In a directive publicized Tuesda...

Gay Pride Draws Thousands, But This Nation Has Far To Go In Promoting Equality

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of pe...

Israel's Gay Holocaust Memorial Makes Tel Aviv Debut

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Israel unveiled Friday a memorial in Tel Aviv to remember the gay and lesbian victims of Nazi persecution, in a ceremony attended by Germany's ambassa...

Israeli President Backs Gay Marriage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Israeli President Shimon Peres backed marriage equality during a state visit to Mexico, Ynet News is reporting. Peres, whose remarks came on the h...

Could This Gay Lawmaker Break New Ground In The Middle East?

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | Gay Voices

* Israeli hopes to be first openly gay mayor in Middle East * Faces tough fight against gay-friendly incumbent * Tel Avi...

How One Nation Is Tackling Gay Rights Through TV Puppets

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices

JERUSALEM -- JERUSALEM (AP) — The goal was merely to promote clean energy in Israel — but television ads starring a pair of male puppets called "p...

Israel Plans Poignant Honor To Gay Holocaust Victims

Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Israel will pay tribute to gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II with a special monument in Tel Aviv. Haaertz reports that...

A Grisly Arrest Ahead Of Tel Aviv's Pride

AP | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police say they have arrested three suspects in connection to the killing of two people at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv four ye...

Michael Lucas: Undressing Israel

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Alexander Hess

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.

LISTEN: Celebrity Chef Gil Hovav On Being Out In Israel

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

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.

‏Welcome Back to the Disco Days

Udi Urman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Udi Urman

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.

The Crazy Lie of "Pinkwashing" and the Liberal Case for Israel

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 08.06.2012 | Books

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.

Why We Boycotted The Equality Forum: Gay Rights Become A Tool In Israel's Rebranding Campaign

Katherine Franke | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Katherine Franke

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.

Yossi Looks at a Closeted Gay Man in Israeli Society

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.21.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

In a sequel of sorts to his 2003 Yossi and Jagger, Fox follows a dead man walking who returns, spiritually and physically, to the living.

Israel Military Weekly In Hot Water After Publishing Report On Soldiers As Drag Queens

AP | Posted 03.20.2012 | Gay Voices

JERUSALEM -- An article about off-duty soldiers in Israel doubling as drag queens has gotten the Israeli military's magazine into trouble. The milita...

'Pinkwashing' Deconstructed

Scott Piro | Posted 02.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Scott Piro

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.

Why 'It's Good To Be Gay In Israel'

Variety | Debra Kamin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Gay Voices

Aside from being the epicenter of the Israel film industry, Tel Aviv is quickly earning a reputation as the hottest gay destination in the Middle East...

A Documentary Guide to Pinkwashing

Sarah Schulman | Posted 02.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Sarah Schulman

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.

"Israel and 'Pinkwashing'": What Was the New York Times Thinking?

David Harris | Posted 01.27.2012 | Media
David Harris

One of the three spaces on the prestigious New York Times op-ed page in the November 23rd edition was given to a rather odd piece.