Earlier this week the Knesset — the legislative branch of Israel’s government — passed a bill that loosened surrogacy regulations. Unfortunately for the LGBT community, it did not include a clause that allows gay couples to use a surrogate if they want to have a child.

On July 18 — and as reported by Haaretz — hundreds of demonstrators in Tel Aviv blocked roads, shouting slogans like “Netanyahu is a homophobe” and “Homophobia is terrorism.” The Prime Minister’s vote against the amendment  to include a gay surrogacy clause is particularly controversial since he supported it publicly earlier this week.

Israel’s Eurovision community, which includes a large number of gay men and women and plenty of straight allies, has been particularly outspoken. This includes the country’s two most recent Eurovision winners Netta Barzilai and Dana International, and Netta’s composer Doron Medalie.

Netta Barzilai

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Netta has long been a supporter of the LGBT community. Just moments after winning Eurovision 2018, she was asked to speak about her large gay following at the winner’s press conference. She said: “I cherish them — most of my team, well, some, a great some, hold me up. I am nothing without them — without the vibe, without the happiness. I will be performing for them for the rest of my life.”

Netta backed that up earlier this summer by delivering a show-stopping performance at Tel Aviv Pride. And now, in between interviews in New York, she’s let her voice be heard once more.

She shared an image of two male silhouettes holding hands with a child and all of them filled with the colours of the gay pride rainbow. The “Toy” singer used the hashtag “waking up for our lives” along with words “We are all equal.”

The message is clear: Netanyahu, gay men and women are not your “Toy” and they will not let you play around with legislation impacting their lives.

Doron Medalie

The protests over Netanyahu’s surrogacy flip-flop will continue over the weekend, with a large protest scheduled for Sunday evening.

Netta’s songwriter Doron Medalie shared a simple and direct video calling on people to turn up and express their anger and dismay. Sitting before a simple rainbow stripe, he said:

“We have been waiting long  enough. It’s time for equal rights for the LGBT community. Come to the protest on Saturday at 20:00 in front of The Government Building in Tel Aviv, to make this state more equal for us.”

That protest has finished. But a new protest will take place on Sunday at 18:30 in support of a transgender men and women after a trans person was attacked last week.

Dana International

Dana, perhaps Israel’s most famous Eurovision export, reminded us that she’s still a queen 20 years after her win.

The “Diva” hitmaker shared this Facebook video along with the caption: “Now it’s our turn to say no.” The lyrics that she sings take a clear stance.

“Have 8, have 9, have 10 children…Unless you are 2 men — and the state doesn’t let you do it. From today, we all join the struggle for equality.”

She added that she is “determined” in the Facebook post.

Are you in Israel and will you attend the next protest? Are you waiting for other Eurovision stars to speak up? Let us know down below!

PS Special thanks to Maor and Ron for your assistance!

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Loin dici
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Loin dici

Consent–if a woman agrees, hence there will be a surrogate mother. And one of the father could take a mother role in this family setting afterwards.

Matt
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Matt

A child needs a loving parent(s) it doesn’t need a man to pretend to be a mother, that’s a myth invented by straight people.

Matt
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Matt

I just read that back, that’s not a myth invented by straight people, what is, is the idea that a child needs a mother.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Yet, if there are no female ‘mother’ available for a long-term, a male could take the motherly role in this setting. This would happen in a single father setting more often.

Jonas
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Jonas

A child needs loving parents, regardless of gender. The notion of “mother” is based on gender norms, there is absolutely no reason why a man can not do the very same thing…nurturing, loving, affectionate etc. The days when the men were hunter-gatherers and the womenfolk stayed at home to cook the dinner are long gone.

Jonas
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Jonas

Except the giving birth part, of course, I’m talking about raising kids.

FanESC
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FanESC

@William Emmy Liyana and Masoe from Destination Eurovision 2018 both released the official clips for “Ok ou ko” (revamp) and “Paradis”, can you please write an article about them ?

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

If we don’t choose a new prime minister and a new government, we should all just leave.
Taking us all back in time, forcing religion on everyone and showing Israel as a pro-LGBTQ+ country and then voting against them.
I’m so pissed right now!

ESCFan2009 (male, 22, bisexual, German)
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ESCFan2009 (male, 22, bisexual, German)

#WeGotLove #LoveIsLove #LGBTQIA+ #IAin’tScaredNoMore #SaaraAalto
And how well this article fits to the fact, that tomorrow there will be the Christopher Street Day in my hometown in Germany 😀
I wish everybody a great weekend!

Joe
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Joe

Well-said, all

ESC fan from US
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ESC fan from US

YASS Netta, Yass Dana, YASS, Doron