Hoshen (in Hebrew, an acronym for "Education and Change") is the public education and awareness-raising arm of the LGBT community in Israel. We are a nationwide, non-profit organization whose purpose is to challenge the stereotypes surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity while training the Israeli professional community to better deal with these issues.
In the decade since we were founded, Israeli society has made important strides towards embracing its LGBT community. In 2012, Tel Aviv was voted one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.
At the same time, there is still a long way to go. Israel is a society with many traditional populations and one in which religious groups and agendas still dominate both politics and education. Stereotyping is rampant; and there are still many communities in which LGBT Israelis are forced to live in fear. The spate of recent murders and suicides of LGBT members over recent months is a stark reminder that our work is far from done.
To promote meaningful change in the way Israeli society views sexual and gender diversity as a step towards full equality for LGBT Israelis in all areas of life.