IDAHOT Report 2014: Israel

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In Israel, LGBTI organisations and allies came together for two events in Jerusalem, as well as two events in Tel Aviv and a radio interview to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014, amongst other highlights.

Coordinated by Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, there were two events planned prior to May 17 in commemoration of IDAHOT that were linked to the topic of freedom of speech. One was “Pride Shabbes” which took place on the 5-6th of May and is a joint pride event with a local Jewish congregation. The second was a LGBTQ week that has been organised at the Hebrew University on 14-15th of May.
The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH) is an LGBTQ organisation based in Jerusalem. They provide direct services to LGBTQ people in the community and the area. For more details about the organisation, please visit their website.
Tel Aviv: Knowledge is Power!
Once again, for IDAHOT 2014, LGBTI communities and allies came together in Tel Aviv for the award of the prize of Outstanding academic or research paper on LGBTI-phobia. This event was supported by long standing organisers of IDAHOT events in Israel, Havana.
The programme also included discussions and panels on masculinity, health resources, working with high school students, as well as presentations on gender fluidity and trans communities. You can find the academic papers on the Havana website.
The event took place on May 15 at the School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University.

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Knowledge Is Power, Tel Aviv. Source: Havana

The full programme was as follows:
15:30 / Registration
16:00 / Prof. Bilha Davidson-Arad – Head of the School of Social Work
Yadin Sapir – One of the organizers of the International Day Against LGBT-phobia in Israel
Yali Ben-Ami Vitenberg, Hoshen CEO
Dr. Gill Fishof- Coordinator of the Aguda’s Nir Katz Center Against LGBT-phobia
16:15 – 17:10 / Opening Lectures
Dr. Amit Kama – Outline of the LGBT Research Field in Israel
Uri Eick – Changing Attitudes of High School Students in Israel towards Homosexuality
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Knowledge Is Power, Tel Aviv. Source: Havana

17:10 – 17:45 / The Award Winning Papers in the Seminar Track
Masculine is in, Man – Homophobia among Heterosexual Male Soldiers in the IDF – Robby Zehavi and Nofar Blank
Creating a Party from AIDS – From a collection of individuals to a committed community: The story of ‘Worried Bella’ – Maya Herman
18:00 – 19:00 / The Award Winning Papers in the Thesis Track
From Köçek to Lovonia – Continuity, change, and gender fluidity in the urban expanse of Istanbul – Yael Segev
Transgenders – Life stories, success stories – Yaron Gal
Transgender individuals in Israel: Stress factors, support and mental health resources – Jonathan Marton
19:00 – 19:30 / Discussion with audience participation: Overcoming LGBT-phobia – How?
Discussion leader Erez Weiner – The LGBT Club, Tel Aviv University
The LGBT Club of Tel Aviv University invited the Seminar participants to a social continuation at the pub ‘Rosh Pina” in Brodetzki Center, Ramat Aviv.
Youth movements rally to mark IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Israel
The event took place on Thursday, May 22, 2014, and was hosted by Youth Movements in Israel – IGY (the Israel Gay Youth), The Scout Movement, Hamahanot Haolim, The Youth Guard, and The Federation of Working and Studying Youth. It included a dialogue between youth organizations and movements and the main ceremony of the Gay Youth Council. Professor Yuli Tamir, former Education Minister and current president of Shenkar College, attended the event, as well.
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Radio Interview
Additionally, May 16 in Israel also saw a radio interview, in English with Yali Kelrich (one of leading co-organizers of Havana this year), about the battle against discrimination towards LGBTI communities.
The interview was on TLV1 station, which is an English-language internet radio broadcasting from Tel Aviv. Founded in 2013, TLV1 seeks to provide listeners with a fresh and novel perspective on the daily agenda in Israel and its neighbors, and keeps its finger on the beating pulse of Tel Aviv. The interview was part of the show “Where cultures meet – Weekend Edition”.
You can find the interview here at 104 minutes in.

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