Leon Wieseltier interviews Avi Soffer
Past Chair of The Agudah – The National Association of GLBT in Israel
Tuesday, August 17, 6:30 pm
Israel is one of the world’s most progressive countries in regards to the GLBT community. Having decriminalized homosexuality over 20 years ago, sweeping legislation has allowed gay culture to flourish. Israeli gays can be seen in high ranking military positions to positions in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Avi Soffer, past-Chair of the Agudah, the National Association of GLBT in Israel, will be speaking on August 17th at the Washington DCJCC about the accomplishments and challenges the Israeli GLBT community faces.
As past-chair of Israel's oldest LGBT organizations, Avi Soffer has been involved in helping to bring about many of the changes that have taken place in Israel regarding the gay community and human rights in-general. He has represented the LGBT community both in Israel and abroad and has helped create Israel Gay Youth.
On August 1, 2009 a masked gunman attacked the Aguda building in Tel Aviv during an event for Gay Youth that left a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl dead. This heinous act of homophobic violence sent shockwaves through Israel’s most liberal city, the country’s GLBT community and was roundly condemned from all corners of Israel’s political landscape. But it brought into sharp relief the challenges facing Israel’s GLBT citizens. The crime remains unsolved..