Israel’s LGBT Community is about to launch a new faction of the Labor Party to advance community’s rights.
Members of the lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual (LGBT ) community are about to launch a new faction of the Labor Party. Niv Zonis and Dan Slyper established the faction in order to advance the community’s rights, including changing the party’s platform, promoting legislation and wielding influence in various forums, including fielding a GLBT candidate for the Knesset. The pair also hopes to return voters, who bolted to other parties, mainly Kadima, back to Labor.
The faction was welcomed by party leader MK Shelley Yachimovich. All Labor MKs, except for Raleb Majadele, added their names to the list supporting the establishment of the faction.
“We would like to promote the party in the gay community and [promote] the community in the party,” explained Zonis, a student at the Hebrew University’s Revivim program in Jewish education. “We want to increase Labor membership as well as the number of party-affiliated voters in the community. Among other things, we are talking about changing the party platform, which currently contains [only] one sentence of opposition to discrimination, and promoting laws that would enable equal rights, for example, in marriage, adoption and other problematic areas. Until today there has been almost no legislation for the community, except for that of [former Meretz leader] Shulamit Aloni which repealed the law against male homosexuality. All other rights have been gained via the courts.”
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