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Birthright Israel: Upcoming L.A. LGBT and Ally Trip!

by Lia Mandelbaum

February 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

REGISTER NOW FOR MAY 2013 L.A. LGBT AND ALLY TRIP!!  

This exciting trip is specifically designed for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young Jewish adults and their family/friends from the Los Angeles area. In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater L.A. and JQ International, this trip seeks to layer participants' Jewish identities and LGBT identities in a whole new way with Israel as a setting for this process. In addition to experiencing all the classic Israel tour highlights, we will also delve into the world of LGBT Israel: Arts & Culture, Israeli Gay Rights, living within a highly gendered society, the Open House and much more. Participants will gain a better understanding of their own Judaism as well as the ways in which LGBT life flourishes and yet faces great challenges in the State of Israel. This trip's departure date is in May 2013 and will conclude with the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade!

LGBTQ Rights and History in Israel

Recognized as the "Gay Capital of the Middle East," Tel Aviv is considered one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.  As a matter of fact, Israel's LGBTQ rights are considered to be the most developed in the Middle East and Asia.  Such rights include the acceptance of same sex couples adopting children, legislation that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and allows homosexuals to openly serve in the IDF or National Service.  Aside from having rights recognized at the national level, most support comes from local Israeli organizations that bring Gay Lesbian Bisexual or Transgender people from feeling like outcasts or misfits to feeling accepted and a part of the culture.  June 2012 marked the 14th annual Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, where many thousands of people from all over the world gathered to celebrate.  When it comes to LGBQ rights and support, Israel sets the stage for other countries as it remains a leading advocate for this community.

Taglit-Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the people of Israel through the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world (North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America; the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod).

To register for the MAY 2013 click {HERE}

 

                         

 

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:                                         

Facebook Page for the L.A. LGBT & Ally Trip

http://www.gaytlvguide.com/

http://tourism.glbt.org.il/en/

http://sizedoesntmatter.com/

http://www.jqinternational.org

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