The recent international Gay Pride celebrations have not skipped over the the Israel Defense Forces. On Monday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office posted an illustrative photograph on its Facebook page of two male soldiers, ostensibly from combat units, holding hands under the headline: “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally?”
A decade has passed since the film “Yossi & Jagger,” hit the Israeli silver screens in trailblazing fashion, dealing with Israel’s treatment of gays in the military. In the U.S., gay soldiers were only recently allowed to serve openly.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office, meanwhile, says the IDF has embraced the gay and lesbian community and treats it with respect.