(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel announced Wednesday a new, broad initiative to promote equality for the LGBT community in Israel.
The plan's funding, $2.6 million, was approved as part of the 2017-2018 state budget and will be divided among the Welfare, Education and Social Equality ministries.
Under the initiative, the Welfare Ministry's budget for the LGBT community will be increased by $400,000 and will be directed to promote the construction of LGBT centers nationwide.
The Education Ministry will receive $1.3 million toward formulating educational activities in schools with the aim of promoting tolerance. The Social Equality Ministry will allocate $660,000 toward a campaign to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community.
The remainder of the funds will be divided between various organizations, including for additional personnel for the Committee for Sex Reassignment, based at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan, whose members have so far been operating on a voluntary basis.
"There is no doubt that this is a significant milestone for the gay community in its efforts to achieve equality in Israel," Aguda Israeli National LGBT Task Force Executive Director Ohad Hizki said. “This is the beginning of a truly good year.”