The Hill: It’s the gay world’s new gay superstar.
This week the world celebrated the arrival of the first openly gay American ambassador to Israel.
And the man who made it happen, and is now in his 30s, is the most prominent Israeli Jew.
He is Yair Lapid, who rose to prominence as an openly gay journalist in Israel, a country where homosexuality is illegal and the stigma is deep.
“I’m gay,” Lapid told The Hill in a recent interview.
“I’m not ashamed.
I’m not hiding it.”
But the gay and bisexual community has long been overlooked, and even those who are openly gay are often marginalised.
For many in the LGBT community, it’s still difficult to find partners and support networks.
In a country that has seen the rise of so-called “propaganda of love” and anti-gay bullying campaigns, gay and gay-led advocacy groups often struggle to reach a broad audience.
The rise of Lapid speaks to a broader trend.
There are many young gay Israelis who are now actively working in Israel’s LGBT community.
A new generation of Israelis is forging ahead, even as the government continues to marginalise LGBT people.
For example, Lapid has spoken out against discrimination in Israel and is campaigning to legalize same-sex marriage.
His support has earned him a spot on The Hill’s “BEST OF” list.
In recent years, there has been a wave of support for Israel’s LGBTQ community in the United States.
Since the fall of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, LGBTQ Israelis have begun to flourish in cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Now, as the Israeli gay community continues to grow, there are more and more gay Israeli politicians and celebrities speaking out against homophobia.
In March, The Hill published an article featuring a young Israeli politician who became the first person of color to win a seat in the Knesset, a parliament.
And last month, an Israeli politician announced that he would be coming out to his own parents and to his family.
But for LGBT Israelis like Lapid who have been in the closet for years, this is only the beginning.
Lapid is a gay man and a former journalist.
He first came out to himself as gay at age 13.
“When I first came to know my sexual identity, it was a shock,” he said.
“It was a complete shock.
I didn’t know I was gay.
I was scared, because I didn [think] that anyone would be accepting of me.”
But as he began to come out to friends, his father, who was gay, encouraged him to come to terms with who he was.
His father told Lapid that the only thing that would stop him from coming out would be his parents.
“[My father] told me that I had to come home and get my parents and my family together,” Lapids father said.
He said he was “very upset” and “devastated.”
“There was a lot of pressure on my father, to come back to my home,” Lapidis father said, “because my father is Jewish.
I came home and told my family about what I was going to do, and they told me, ‘No, we will not let you go to the police.'”
His father told him that they would support him and his family through whatever issues he might have.
He eventually came out publicly, in 2009, when he was 27.
After years of being ashamed of his sexuality, Lapids family was not ready to make a decision.
“My father did not want me to come in public with my sexuality,” Lapis said.
So, in the midst of being on the defensive, Lapis and his father decided to get married in Israel.
They married in 2010 and had their first child in 2013.
And despite the many challenges that came with coming out, the couple was determined to do it right.
The couple has since had a son and daughter.
A Jewish wedding is a religious ceremony, and this was a religious wedding for Lapids parents, his dad said.
The ceremony took place in the Jewish holy city of Kiryat Malachi, where he and his wife, Eliza, have lived since 2011.
It was an event of national significance, and a place that is a symbol of the Jewish people and of the support that the couple received for coming out.
During the ceremony, Lapidis and his mother said that they wished they could have a son or daughter with them.
“That’s why I went back to Kiryats [Jewish holy city] and got married again,” Lapi said.
They have since had two more children.
And they have continued to raise their children as Jewish Israelis.
Lapid said he hopes that other LGBT Israelis will also do the same.
“This is what I want, I want my children to be able to say, ‘