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January 13, 2014

Homophobes singled out a group of gay and straight friends on their way home from a night out in the Israeli city

A group of gay and straight friends were were attacked by a mob in Tel Aviv on Saturday (11 January).

Moshiko Hadad, 29, Or Azulay, 25, and three other friends were accosted after enjoying a night out in south Tel Aviv when they were made the target of homophobic abuse.

At around 2am, as they were leaving the Ha'Umon club, Azulay's partner put his hand affectionately on his shoulder.

The group was spotted by an 11-person strong mob, who quickly confronted them, made of a 45-year-old male, two women and the rest male teens aged 16 to 18.

January 13, 2014

Homophobes singled out a group of gay and straight friends on their way home from a night out in the Israeli city

A group of gay and straight friends were were attacked by a mob in Tel Aviv on Saturday (11 January).

Moshiko Hadad, 29, Or Azulay, 25, and three other friends were accosted after enjoying a night out in south Tel Aviv when they were made the target of homophobic abuse.

At around 2am, as they were leaving the Ha'Umon club, Azulay's partner put his hand affectionately on his shoulder.

The group was spotted by an 11-person strong mob, who quickly confronted them, made of a 45-year-old male, two women and the rest male teens aged 16 to 18.

January 5, 2014

The country claiming one of the best gay cities in the world, Tel Aviv, is participating in London’s Gay Star Beach Party, a daytime event to celebrate, promote and educate on LGBTI tourism

The Israeli Tourism Board is bringing Mediterranean flair to London’s Gay Star Beach Party held 18 and 19 January.

A beach-themed daytime party at Heaven nightclub in Charing Cross, the Gay Star Beach Party + LGBTI Travel Show brings some of the world’s most gay-friendly destinations to the heart of London.

The free party gives guests direct access to holiday prizes, drink specials, a fashion show and the chance to mix and mingle with London’s LGBTI community and allies in support of LGBTI tourism.

December 14, 2013

Israel’s first memorial to the homosexual victims of the Nazis was inaugurated on Tuesday in a Tel Aviv park near the city’s Gay Center

Israel now has its first memorial to the gay victims of the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, with a public memorial to them unveiled in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park on Tuesday.

The memorial, near Tel Aviv’s Gay Center is in the shape of a giant pink triangle – the same symbol the Nazis used to mark out homosexual prisoners in their concentration camp – and bears the names of prominent homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis including Magnus Hirschfeld and Gad Beck.

December 2, 2013

The Israeli government approved this weekend a bill offering gay male couples with children, but not lesbian couples, the same tax breaks given to heterosexual parents

Israeli gay couples with children might be eligible for the same tax breaks as straight parents.

A bill was introduced by Adi Kol after the government’s tax authority rejected several gay couples who applied for the tax break.

Opposite-sex couples with children are eligible for 'tens of thousands' in tax breaks thanks to the existing code, which is meant to encourage women to enter the workforce.

October 12, 2013

Teen whose alleged rape triggered shooting reveals identity to deny motive, defend arrested brother

Four years after a shooting spree in a Tel Aviv LGBT center killed two and injured nearly a dozen, the tragedy has received a fresh twist with the police theory that it was a revenge attack for rape rejected by the alleged victim on television.

October 7, 2013

LGBT short films from around the world are to compete in Cardiff, Wales this week for a cash prize to make another movie

Guests from India, USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Norway and Germany are arriving in Cardiff, Wales as the city hosts the world’s leading LGBT short film festival.

Five days of events will see 30 films compete for the Iris Prize and £25,000 ($40,000 €29,600), the world’s largest short film prize.

Audiences in the Welsh capital will see sexy gay vampires, horny Mormons and stories of first love.

August 21, 2013

Tel Aviv’s Meir Park is to be the site of Israel’s first monument recognizing the gay victims of Nazi Germany

Israel will get its first monument to the gay men persecuted by the Nazi regime under a plan by Tel Aviv’s municipal government.

The monument, which will feature a giant pink concrete triangle reminiscent of the symbol used by the Nazis to mark out homosexual prisoners, will be built in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park – with plans for it to be unveiled before the year’s end.

The monument was the brainchild of Meretz Party municipal council member Eran Lev who took the idea to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

August 21, 2013

Tel Aviv’s Meir Park is to be the site of Israel’s first monument recognizing the gay victims of Nazi Germany

Israel will get its first monument to the gay men persecuted by the Nazi regime under a plan by Tel Aviv’s municipal government.

The monument, which will feature a giant pink concrete triangle reminiscent of the symbol used by the Nazis to mark out homosexual prisoners, will be built in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park – with plans for it to be unveiled before the year’s end.

The monument was the brainchild of Meretz Party municipal council member Eran Lev who took the idea to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

August 4, 2013

Politicians and activists held a memorial this weekend for the 2009 shooting at Bar Noar gay youth center that left two dead and a dozen injured
 

Community leaders held a memorial service marking the fourth anniversary of a brutal attack on a Tel Aviv gay youth center.

The memorial was held in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park to honor the deaths of 26-year-old Nir Katz and 17-year-old Liz Trubeshi, who were shot and killed in 2009 when a masked gunman entered Tel Aviv’s Bar Noar gay youth center and unleashed rounds of gunfire onto children and counsellors.

A dozen others were seriously injured in an attack Israel Channel 10 TV called a ‘bloodbath’.

August 4, 2013

Politicians and activists held a memorial this weekend for the 2009 shooting at Bar Noar gay youth center that left two dead and a dozen injured
 

Community leaders held a memorial service marking the fourth anniversary of a brutal attack on a Tel Aviv gay youth center.

The memorial was held in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park to honor the deaths of 26-year-old Nir Katz and 17-year-old Liz Trubeshi, who were shot and killed in 2009 when a masked gunman entered Tel Aviv’s Bar Noar gay youth center and unleashed rounds of gunfire onto children and counsellors.

A dozen others were seriously injured in an attack Israel Channel 10 TV called a ‘bloodbath’.

June 9, 2013

After becoming the first gay couple to wed in France, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau celebrated their honeymoon with 100,000 people at Tel Aviv’s gay pride weekend

France’s first gay married couple celebrted their honeymoon this weekend as honored guests at Tel Aviv Gay Pride.

On 29 May 2013 Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were the first gay couple in France after the country became the 14th in the world to legalize gay marriage and adoption. 

June 9, 2013

After becoming the first gay couple to wed in France, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau celebrated their honeymoon with 100,000 people at Tel Aviv’s gay pride weekend

France’s first gay married couple celebrted their honeymoon this weekend as honored guests at Tel Aviv Gay Pride.

On 29 May 2013 Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were the first gay couple in France after the country became the 14th in the world to legalize gay marriage and adoption. 

June 9, 2013

Supermodel Bar Refaeli posted a photo online of her standing in front of a urinal with the caption ‘LGBT ALL EQUAL’

An Israeli supermodel has sparked online controversy with a photo of her standing in front of a urinal.

Coinciding with this weekend’s Tel Aviv Gay Pride weekend and meant to show her support for transgender equality, the photo of model Bar Refaeli has quickly gone viral.

Writing the caption ‘Gay, lesbians, bisexual, transgender ALL EQUAL TLV #gayweek’, Refaeli posted the photo to her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

June 7, 2013

Over 100,00 participants are said to be enjoying Tel-Aviv biggest ever gay pride, an event that highlighted gay marriage and tolerance

Tel Aviv's 15th annual gay Pride parade kicked off earlier today with well over 100,000 participants.

The event commenced at 1pm local time, and was the culmination of Israel’s Pride Month events, with tens of thousands of LGBT tourists arriving to participate.

Gay marriage was highlighted in an event in Meir Park just before pride, where thousands gathered at makeshift mock gay wedding.

Two male friends, Lior and Assad, ‘tied the knot’, to express their support of marriage equality.

June 7, 2013

Over 100,00 participants are said to be enjoying Tel-Aviv biggest ever gay pride, an event that highlighted gay marriage and tolerance

Tel Aviv's 15th annual gay Pride parade kicked off earlier today with well over 100,000 participants.

The event commenced at 1pm local time, and was the culmination of Israel’s Pride Month events, with tens of thousands of LGBT tourists arriving to participate.

Gay marriage was highlighted in an event in Meir Park just before pride, where thousands gathered at makeshift mock gay wedding.

Two male friends, Lior and Assad, ‘tied the knot’, to express their support of marriage equality.

June 5, 2013

Israeli police arrested three suspects in connection with a shooting which left two dead and dozens injuried at a Tel-Aviv gay youth center shooting in 2009

Israeli police have arrested three suspects in connection with a shooting at Tel-Aviv’s gay youth center in 2009.

The three suspects who were arrested today (5 June) will appear in court tomorrow for a remand hearing.

The suspects are reported to be Israeli Jews, residents of Tel-Aviv’s suburb of Pardes Katz, their ages range from 20 to 40.

June 5, 2013

Israeli police arrested three suspects in connection with a shooting which left two dead and dozens injuried at a Tel-Aviv gay youth center shooting in 2009

Israeli police have arrested three suspects in connection with a shooting at Tel-Aviv’s gay youth center in 2009.

The three suspects who were arrested today (5 June) will appear in court tomorrow for a remand hearing.

The suspects are reported to be Israeli Jews, residents of Tel-Aviv’s suburb of Pardes Katz, their ages range from 20 to 40.

May 7, 2013

Nitzan Horowitz hopes to become Tel-Aviv's first gay mayor and invest in the city's community and diversity

Nitzan Horowitz announced his intention to run for election to Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv, against the incumbent Ron Huldai.

Horowitz, of the left of centre Meretz party, is the country’s only openly gay Member of the Israeli Knesset (MK), a post he intends to resign if elected to the be the mayor of Tel-Aviv.

His annoncement yesterday (6 May) pits the 49 year-old Horowitz against Labor’s Huldai in the 22 October elections.

If he wins, he would become Tel Aviv’s first openly gay mayor, and the first in any Israeli city or the Middle East.

May 7, 2013

Nitzan Horowitz hopes to become Tel-Aviv's first gay mayor and invest in the city's community and diversity

Nitzan Horowitz announced his intention to run for election to Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv, against the incumbent Ron Huldai.

Horowitz, of the left of centre Meretz party, is the country’s only openly gay Member of the Israeli Knesset (MK), a post he intends to resign if elected to the be the mayor of Tel-Aviv.

His annoncement yesterday (6 May) pits the 49 year-old Horowitz against Labor’s Huldai in the 22 October elections.

If he wins, he would become Tel Aviv’s first openly gay mayor, and the first in any Israeli city or the Middle East.

February 26, 2013

Couple creates heartbreaking video talking about their hopes to have a baby

An Israeli gay couple have taken to the internet in their final hope to start a family.

Liran Altman Kadury, 36, and Yuval Kadury Altman, 33, a couple from Tel Aviv, have already spent thousands of dollars trying to start a family by surrogacy.

But when they tried, one surrogate miscarried twins in the ninth week. The second didn’t take at all.

The would-be fathers are so desperate for a baby they are borrowing money from family, downsizing their lifestyle, and depleting their life savings.

January 20, 2013

Israel celebrates its first public wedding between a transgender woman and a man 

The couple, blonde beauty Chen Arizona and her husband, whose identity was not revealed, were cheered by Israeli celebrities, friends and family.

The wedding was televised by Israel’s Channel 2 evening news and watched throughout the country.

Arizona who runs a salon near Tel Aviv, was born Erez Yisraelof, one of four siblings, into a traditional Orthodox Jewish family.

January 15, 2013

Tel Aviv’s LGBT film festival narrowly survives a bid by Israel's culture ministry to have it shut only to face funding discrimination

Tel Aviv’s International LGBT film festival, known as TLVFest, barely survived an attempt by the Israeli ministry of culture to shut it down.

While TLVFest has for now been saved, Yair Hochner, its founder and director, told Gay Star News, it faces funding discrimination which threatens its future.

TLVFest is the Middle East and one of Asia’s largest LGBT film festivals and will celebrate its 8th anniversary in June 2013.

January 15, 2013

Tel Aviv’s LGBT film festival narrowly survives a bid by Israel's culture ministry to have it shut only to face funding discrimination

Tel Aviv’s International LGBT film festival, known as TLVFest, barely survived an attempt by the Israeli ministry of culture to shut it down.

While TLVFest has for now been saved, Yair Hochner, its founder and director, told Gay Star News, it faces funding discrimination which threatens its future.

TLVFest is the Middle East and one of Asia’s largest LGBT film festivals and will celebrate its 8th anniversary in June 2013.