In Israel, the Ministry of Education has submitted a new directive to preschool teachers asking them to stop mentioning the terms "mom" and "dad" in their activities.
In Israel, two lesbian moms can be registered on the child's birth certificate and even if they have received an adoption or parenthood certificate, here necessary, but this is not the case for heterosexual parents. After receiving their adoption or parenthood certificate, a new birth certificate with the names of both parents is issued.
The Smith Polling Institute conducted a poll to find out if the Israelis supported the opening of civil marriage and unions for same-sex couples. The answer is definitely yes, as 76% say they are in agreement with this opening.
The Israeli government could officially recognize same-sex couples with children as parents.
"Aguda", an Israeli group for LGBT rights, has filed a petition to the Israeli High Court to try to legalize equal marriage.
Israel is about to change its laws to allow transgender people not to have to undergo surgery to change their gender on their identity documents.
That's it, Israel began to issue identity cards to children with same-sex parents on which one can see the two fathers or two mothers and not just "father" and "mother."
People thrive off of human interaction. No matter if you're a social butterfly or a hermit who dreams of living with 1,000 cats (like me), we all need some social interaction at some point or another.
Harvey Milk. Judith Butler. Leonard Bernstein. Hell, even Peaches. There are, literally, scores of Jewish LGBT people across the globe. Famous or no, these LGBT Jews represent a significant portion of both the Jewish and LGBT populations. But our numbers aren't the only thing that make us amazing. Many, like the few listed above, are singers, conductors, politicians, philosophers, and actors. It always amazes me when I see just how many LGBT Jews there are, and what we can do.
And me? Well... I've been running around for the past hour and a half attempting to pack for the next two weeks.
My name is Rebecca Levin and I am a Queer Jew living in Southern California. I am about to embark on A Wider Bridge's 2014 Israel Trip to rediscover my roots as a Jew and to become more in touch with my queer identity. I'll detail my journey both through A Wider Bridge and on Lezbelib. This is my story.