March 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm EDT | by Staff reports
LGBT Israelis from Ethiopia to visit U.S.
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Members of Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit (KALA) or LGBT Ethiopian Community will begin their visit to the U.S. in San Francisco on April 17. (Image courtesy A Wider Bridge)

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of LGBT Israelis from Ethiopia are scheduled to travel to the U.S. next month.

A Wider Bridge, which describes itself as an “LGBTQ advocacy group building connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities, on March 29 announced that members of Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit or LGBT Ethiopian Community will begin their visit to the U.S. in San Francisco on April 17. They are expected to visit D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and New York before returning to Israel.

“KALA is an extraordinary group of LGBTQ Ethiopian Israelis that is increasing its efforts to address the challenges they face, including discrimination, a relative lack of upward socio-economic mobility and the traditional attitudes of their own families and communities,” said A Wider Bridge Executive Director Arthur Slepian in a press release, referring to Kehila Lahatavit Ethiopit.

The trip is scheduled to take place less than three months after protesters forced the cancellation of A Wider Bridge reception at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in Chicago.

Sarah Kala-Meir and Tom Canning of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, an Israeli LGBT advocacy group, were scheduled to speak.

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