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Data for Social Change

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The Israeli Institute for Gender and LGBTQ Studies is an applied, social research unit, that was founded in 2021 to fill in existing gaps in up-do-date and valid knowledge, on issues directly affecting the lives of LGBTQ individuals and communities in Israel.

The institute operates as an independent, professional unit, committed to rigorous research and academic excellence, within the Israeli Association for LGBTQ Equality. Lead by Dr. Sigal Gooldin, the institute’s domains of activity include conducting comprehensive in-depth studies; providing end-to-end research consultation and services based on a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies; collecting, analyzing and making accessible up-to-date information and data; writing and publishing research reports, policy papers, background overviews, literature reviews and others.

The institute works in close collaboration with academic researchers across disciplines in Israel and internationally, with LGBTQ organisations and activists, and with national and local government agencies aiming to advance an informed public discourse and to assist policymakers in addressing gender and LGBTQ concerns.

We believe that knowledge is the basis for an informed use of power, towards a benevolent social change, and we invite you to take an active part in our network of partners and supporters.


We seek to deepen understanding of gender and LGBTQ issues

as part of our commitment to advance pluralism and equality in a thriving civil society in Israel.


We seek to make widely accessible, valid, reliable and up-to-date information and data,

and to provide a quick response to emerging needs, as part of our commitment to advance an informed public discourse and to contribute to a benevolent social change in gender and LGBTQ-related issues.


We seek to work in close collaboration with researchers, activists and multi-sector stakeholders,

as part of our commitment to creating a relevant, dynamic and effective body of knowledge.


To make our vision a reality, our immediate practical objectives are:

To assist policymakers, LGBTQ organizations, civil and private organizations and other stakeholders, by making accessible a wide range of information and date on gender and LGBTQ issues in relation to health, social and economic welfare, legal issues and other vital areas.



The Institute was founded in 2021, as a joint venture by Dr. Sigal Gooldin and the Israeli Association for LGBTQ Equality. Our interdisciplinary team includes expert researchers in social sciences, medical professions, legal studies, statistical sciences, and welfare sciences. Our team collaborates closely with researchers in academic institutions in Israel and abroad, LGBTQ organizations and activists, government agencies and local municipalities.



Dr. Sigal Gooldin

Dr. Hadar Keshet

Dr. Assaf Lev

Nage da’as

Uri Eick

Dan Ger

Omri Tancma

Danielle Itzha

Lior First

Liri Pinkhas

|  Head of Institute

|  Associate Researcher

|  Associate Researcher

|  Associate Researcher

|  Associate Researcher

|  Research Assistant

|  Research Assistant

|  LGBTQphobia Database Supervisor

|  LGBTQphobia Data Collection Coordinator

|  Municipality-based Data Collection Coordinator

ACADEMIC BOARD (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Aeyal Gross

Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Amit Kama

Chair of the Israel Communication Association, Emek Jezreel Academic College

Dr. Sa'ar Karp Gershon

Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ido Katri

Bob Shapell School of Social Work and Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Gilly Hartal

Gender Studies Program, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Shai Lavi

Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Limor Meoded-Danon

Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Iris Rachamimov

Department of History, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky 

Head of History Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Zvika Triger

Striks School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies

Prof. Yuval Yonay

Department of Sociology, University of Haifa

Dr. Amalia Ziv

Gender Studies Program, Ben Gurion University

who we are
what we do


Our range of activities include conducting in-depth studies; providing comprehensive and end-to-end research services based on quantitative and qualitative methodologies; writing and publishing research reports, policy papers, background papers and others.


  • Research consultation

  • Literature Reviews

  • Review Papers and Reports

  • Surveys and Questionnaire-based Research

  • Assessment and monitoring Studies

  • Interview-based Research

  • Focus Groups

  • Ethnographic Research

  • Action Research


  • Arab and Muslim LGBTQ in Israel: A community-based, action research for the advancement of social change

  • Continuity and change in patterns of vulnerability in the LGBTQ community in Israel: An analysis of national data from the Aguda’s Hotline

  • Elderly LGBTQ individuals: From Theory to Applied Interventions

  • Characteristics and needs of LGBTQ communities in geographic and social peripheries in Israel

  • LGBTQphobia : Past | present | future

  • Public perceptions and attitudes regarding transgender people in Israel: Findings from a national pilot study

  • Barriers to healthcare in the transgender community: Mapping variables and policy recommendations

  • LGBTQphobia in sports: A current status report

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