Gay Israeli Soldier Makes Passionate Plea For Equality
There is no greater sacrifice a government can place upon its citizens than asking them to fight and potentially lose their lives to protect the nation.
One openly gay Israeli soldier has spoken out against his country’s leaders for failing to return the act of bravery and respect.
Omer Nahmany, a 25-year-old Second Lieutenant in the artillery corps (seen above making bedroom eyes), wrote a jarring response on Facebook to his government’s failure to pass a batch of LGBTQ legislation, including one bill that would treat the families of fallen gay soldiers the same as those of straight ones.
In the post — translated by GayBuzzer — Nahmany says he feels “abandoned” by his country’s legislative officials.
The so-called “bereavement bill” isn’t just symbolic — under current law, the family of straight soldier who dies in battle receives rights and benefits from the government that families of gay soldiers do not.
“The beauty of the military is that we’re all equal,” Nahmany writes. “We wear the same uniform, we eat the same food, we’re in the battlefield together, during training and – if needed – during wartime.
“There are no divisions between a straight soldier and a gay soldier. My soldiers can count on me to never abandon them in the field, and I can count on them.”
He adds: “But this week – I was abandoned in the field. Not by my soldiers or by my commanding officers, but by the Israeli government. The same government that asks me to go to battle and maybe lose my life, had refused to pass a law that would equate the status of a gay bereaved family to that of a straight family.”
In addition to that bill, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition government also rejected a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors as well as bill that would recognize civil unions.
To add insult to injury, the three bills flopped just one day after parliament observed a “LGBTQ rights day” for the first time ever.
“This situation, where the state of Israel asks me to risk my life in battle but refuses to take a political risk for me on the benches of Parliament is insufferable and contradicts every value I was thought during my military service,” Nahmany continues.
“I’m supposed to go into battle knowing that I’m a second class citizen, only because I’m gay. That I’m good enough to die for this country, but not good enough to be an equal-rights citizen.
“Today I’m asking the country to fight for me, just as hard as I know I will fight for my country when I’m called.”