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Uzi Even
(October 18, 1940 - living) Israel

Uzi Even

University professor, politician<

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Even was born in Haifa. He is chemistry professor at Tel Aviv University, nuclear weapons expert, and gay rights activist. A former military intelligence colonel who was kicked out of the Israeli army for being gay, he led the successful 1993 campaign to end Israel's ban on gay and lesbian service members.

Even was sworn in as the first openly gay member of the Knesset (Israel's parliament) for the Meretz Party, on November 4, 2002.

"I am excited and proud because there were other days, not so long ago, when I was forced to leave my work as a scientist serving the country and my position in the army just because I wanted to live my life openly, without shame, to love the one who was close to my heart."
He and his partner, Dr. Amit Kamah, took in a child who was thrown out by his family due to the child's homosexual orientation.

Prof. Even was on the cutting edge of changing laws that repressed gay behavior and conduct in Israel, for example, in the army, place of employment, etc.

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Source: http://www.gayart.info/en.htm

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