Pioneering Pride: The Unsung Heroes of Israel's LGBT Community

Transsexual Rina Natan fought desperately for the chance to become a woman. Poet Mordechai Georgo Langer linked Judaism with homosexuality. We remember them and other pioneers on the eve of the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv.

Rina Natan may have been born male and named Gershon Natan, but she went to tremendous lengths to be able to fully claim her identity as a woman. In the 1950s, she waged a tenacious struggle against the Israeli medical and legal establishments, in order to undergo a sex change operation. After trying various forms of passive resistance and then, in a drastic move, attempting to perform surgery on herself, which...