By Yanir Dekel
Looks like the famous comedian and talk show host, who’s also an out lesbian, is going to open the 2012 Pride Week in Tel Aviv, in June next year. Degeners’s people are in talks with Israeli producer and social activist Nadav Peretz, who also brought one of the stars of the TV hit show ‘Queer as Folk,’ Randy Harrison, to the country last year.
Peretz was recently the founder and promoter of the social battle against Menachem Ben, a homophobic journalist in Israel, who made disparaging comments about the gay community as well as other minorities. The battle effectively resulted in Menachem Ben’s being fired from “Channel 2 News” and “Ma’ariv Publications” when he refused to apologize or change his ways.
Ellen Degeneres (53), is married to her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi, and is a social advocate who helps the gay community with its fight to legalize same-sex marriage in America.