LGBT community marks 3 years since 'Bar Noar' shooting

Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community came together for a rally in Tel Aviv Saturday night to commemorate the third anniversary of the shooting at the “Bar Noar” LGBT center in Tel Aviv that left two dead and fifteen wounded on August 1, 2009.
Held at 8:30pm outside the Tel Aviv LGBT Task Force building at Meir Park on Saturday night, the ceremony was attended by MK Nitzan Horovitz (Meretz), Israel’s only openly-gay MK, as well as social justice protests leader Daphni Leef, and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
Speakers included Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered in a homophobic hate crime in October 1998.
Speaking to the Jerusalem Post this week, Shepard said that she and her husband came to honor the victims of the shooting and to share the message of equality for everyone – respect and equality.”