Young, gifted and gay in Jerusalem

Assessing the winds of change in the city’s LGBT community, and what has been accomplished since the pride parade stabbing last summer that shocked the nation.

March 10, 2016 12:32
LGBT Israel

LGBT supporters flood the capital’s streets and wave custom pride flags, after the murder of Shira Banki at the city’s pride parade last July. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

To be “young, gifted and black,” as in the famous Nina Simone song from the 1960s, might be part of Roi Grufi’s credo – with a slight tweak to “young, gifted, gay and Mizrahi” – expressing the reality of his life in conservative Jerusalem.

Grufi points out that in no circumstances would he walk hand in hand with his partner in the streets of the city.


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