LGBT group head aims to be Knesset’s first open lesbian

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01/24/2021

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai announced on Sunday that one of the candidates of his Israelis Party would be Hila Pe’er, the chairwoman of Aguda, the Association for LGBT equality in Israel. If elected, Pe’er would become Israel’s first-ever openly lesbian member of Knesset. There has also never been an openly bisexual or transgendered MK. There are currently a record six gay MKs, but all of them are men: Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, Social Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli, Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz, Blue and White faction chairman Eitan Ginzburg, and Yesh Atid MKs Idan Roll and Yoray Lahav Hertzanu. Lesbians who have run unsuccessfully in recent elections include Heidi Moses in Likud and Zehorit Sorek in Yesh Atid and Blue and White.

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