LGBT Activists Protest In Jerusalem After Knesset Kills 5 Gay Rights Bills

LGBT activist protest in Jeruselum

Over 200 members of Israel’s LGBT community protested in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, days after the Knesset voted against five bills that would improve LGBT rights in Israel.

The Knesset vote on Wednesday — 24 hours after parliament marked an LGBT rights day for the first time rejected bills which sought to recognize same-sex spouses of fallen IDF soldiers, introduce civil unions, ban conversion therapy for minors, and require medical professionals to study gender and sexual orientation prior to receiving their licenses. The proposals were all opposed by the coalition.

The Zionist Union party condemned the Knesset for rejecting the bills a day after LGBT rights day, and accused the government of hypocrisy.

“It turns out the coalition merely uses the members of the LGBT community for public relations, and in the moment of truth opposes all the laws benefiting it,” the statement read.

 

 

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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