Queer urban movements in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: A comparative discussion

Chen Misgav, Gilly Hartal

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Many regard urban metropolitan centres as sites of sexual freedom and presence, cultivating LGBT and queer movements and activism. This study compares the sociocultural, spatial and political aspects of LGBT and queer urban movements in Israel’s largest cities – Tel Aviv and Jerusalem – focusing specifically on Tel Aviv’s Gay Centre and the Jerusalem Open House (JOH), which of both serve as community activism hubs. An analysis of these two sites and the urban social movements and political shifts that they generated suggests that while both movements operate within the same Israeli structure of opportunities, there are major differences between them, leading to distinct politics and, in turn, to different forms of spatial visibility for, presence in, and activity from LGBT and queer urban movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook on Middle East Cities
EditorsHaim Yacobi, Mansour Nasasra
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315625164
ISBN (Print)9781138650749
StatePublished - 26 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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