Out in Israel Month is a campaign of education and celebration. Organizers aim to educate about the status of civil rights for LGBT Israeli citizens, hard-fought for throughout the years, and celebrate the LGBT community and culture in Israel and Boston.
Shai Bazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, said, “Israel has worked hard to ensure equality for all its citizens. We have, as a society, embraced our LGBT citizens and have ensured that they will not be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.”
Israel is a multi-faceted society with many faces and just as many narratives. Through film screenings, performances, academic panels, presentations, and much more, organizers aim to broaden the conversation about Israelis and Israeli society and engage the local community in an array of programs which highlight Israel's success in the struggle for equality and recognition of all her citizens in the office, on the field, in the military, and by the courts.
Out in Israel Month will host visiting Israeli artists, celebrities and activists in the Boston area for a series of events; including Assi Azar, host of Israeli Big Brother and filmmaker of the documentary Mom and Dad, I Have Something to Tell You…, Shorty, a groundbreaking lesbian Israeli rapper and LGBT activist, as well as representatives from Hoshen, the leading education and advocacy organization for LGBT rights in Israel.
Out in Israel Month is a campaign launched by the Consulate General of Israel to New England co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Communities Relations Council, the Israel Campus Roundtable, and the LGBT Film Festival of Boston. The month is also supported by the David Project, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defendants (GLAD), and StandWithUs.
For a full schedule of events, please visit our website at www.outinisraelmonth.com.