"IN dreams begin responsibilities," wrote Yeats in 1914. These words resonate with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have witnessed dramatic shifts in our relationship to power. After generations of sacrifice and organization, gay people in parts of the world have won
protection from discrimination and relationship recognition. But these changes have given rise to a nefarious phenomenon: the co-opting of white gay people by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political forces in Western Europe and Israel.
Posters depicting women have become rare in the streets of Israel's capital. In some areas women have been shunted onto separate sidewalks, and buses and health clinics have been gender-segregated. The military has considered reassigning some female combat soldiers because religious men don't want to serve with them. >>>
Palestinian queer groups welcome the decision by the board of IGLYO to withdraw their annual General Assembly conference from Tel Aviv, Israel. Since June 1st, a campaign to get 'IGLYO Out of Israel' was launched by Palestinian Queer Groups to protest the organization's decision to hold its General Assembly in Tel Aviv, and accept funding from the Israeli government, followed by a call to boycott the conference after IGLYO declined to
change its location. >>>
Following the announcement that the 2011 General Assembly (GA) of the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) would take place in Tel Aviv, Israel and that the GA would be hosted by Member Organisation Israeli Gay Youth (IGY), IGLYO had received a number of requests to change the location of the 2011 GA. The Board of IGLYO responded with an open letter and a statement , then moved into a process of consultation with the Member Organisations of IGLYO, a process that included a vote on the location of the GA.
Groups such as alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, Aswat - Palestinian Gay Women and
Palestinian Queers for BDS raise questions on IGLYO's decision to hold its GA in Tel Aviv, Israel. They assert that Israel's apartheid policies could affect IGLYO delegates and their ability to attend the GA. Even more so, with Israel's structural racism and apartheid policies, holding the GA in Tel Aviv remains problematic in itself, and is the least neutral act that any international
organization could adopt.