The Only One They Can Call:
The Aguda's Groundbreaking LGBT Violence Prevention Center
with new Aguda leaders, Chairperson Shai Doitsh, and Executive Director Natalie Sade
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
FREE - RSVP Requested
DCJCC - Library
1529 16th Street NW
(Entrance on Q St)
Incredible new work is happening at the Aguda, the Israeli National LGBT Task Force.
Meet their fantastic new leaders, and learn about the Aguda's work with Palestinian gay refugees, as well as the Nir Katz Center for LGBT Violence Prevention, which is expanding to include a new hotline - the only LGBT hotline available in the Middle East. This hotline fields calls from within Israel, as well as from countries around the region that are actively hostile towards LGBT individuals.
This timely visit by the Aguda will give attendees the opportunity to find out all the up-to-the-minute news!
About the Aguda
The Aguda – The National Israeli LGBT Task Force – was established in 1975 as the pioneer task force of the LGBT Israeli community. The Aguda serves as a human rights organization that work to improve the life of LGBT people. They are a volunteer based organization that works in the areas of advocacy, promoting legislation and providing for the social needs and well-being of the LGBT communities throughout in Israel.
The Aguda's 2013 Projects
- Outreach to the Arab Sector
- LGBT Youth Suicide Preventative Program
- The Nir Katz Center for LGBT Violence Prevention
The Nir Katz Center for LGBT Violence Prevention
On August first 2009, at 22:30, an unknown person entered the Aguda's center in Tel Aviv where they were running an activity for youth. The unknown person, with a gun in his hand, started shooting at the youth. Minutes later, he disappeared without a trace. Near the counter laid Liz's body, a 16 years old girl. Her body was still. On the other side of the counter laid Nir Katz, a 26 year old volunteer, wounded. Two people were killed, 10 wounded and tens suffered from shock and anxiety. Unfortunately, this is not the only violent case against the LGBT community.
The Nir Katz Center for LGBT Violence Prevention will work to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the violence taking place against the LGBT community. The center will work according to methodologies known around the world and this will allow reporting of incidents while remaining anonymous. Media will be used to familiarize the LGBT community with the center, and the reported incidents will be dealt with individually and will help form a general policy concerning this issue. Therefore, The Aguda would also like to expand its services: the hotline services, the psychosocial services, the legal services, assistance and monitoring of complaints and therapy.
Project Rescue: Gay Palestinians
As in most Muslim societies, life for gays in the Palestinian Authority is filled with fear and danger. Cases of persecution, torture and sometimes execution without trial are not unusual. Because of the perception of shared fate, the Aguda helps those who come to Israel to advance their interests against the authorities, helping them obtain refugee status and settle in other countries. In the interim period, until they find permanent arrangements, the Aguda tries to assist with finding housing and work, representation before the immigration and security authorities and, where appropriate, legal representation in court.
Shai Doitsh, Chairperson
Shai Doitsh took office as chairperson of The Aguda: Israel's National LGBT Task Force on January 1, 2012. A founder of the association’s activity in Eilat, Shai has served on the Board of the Aguda since 2001. Since 2005, he's led a highly successful project promoting gay tourism in Tel Aviv under the brand: Tel Aviv Gay Vibe.
In addition to his position with the Aguda, Mr. Doitsh works as an e-commerce manager at a tourism company and publishes a gay lifestyle magazine in Tel Aviv. Shai is openly gay and married his partner of four years in 2011, in a
reform Jewish wedding ceremony in Tel Aviv, accompanied by family and
Natalie Sade, Executive Director
Natalie Sade has served as the Executive Director of The Aguda: Israel's National LGBT Task Force since January 1, 2012, and has been a member and prominent volunteer in the Aguda since 2004. Sade was among the leaders of the association’s activity in the area of transgender issues. Since 2006, Natalie has authored a highly successful column at the Zman Varod (Pink Times) magazine for the LGBTQ community in Israel.
Prior to her work at the Aguda, Natalie worked as a business consultant where she conducted educational projects for the Aguda, including training the Israel Airport Authority’s security on sensitivity and personal respect to others, including the LGBTQ community. Natalie also plays professional basketball, and is a parent to 2 wonderful children, Bar, age 16, and Shani, age 13.