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Israeli Gay Singer: My Family Accepts Me, but They Still Vote for Homophobes

Israeli gay singer Ayal Mazaki reflects on growing up in a religious community and surviving conversation therapy: ‘Israel has lots of gay Mizrahi musicians in the closet,’ he says


“Purim is celebrated only once a year / Some people celebrate it 24/7,” sings Ayal Mazaki (in Hebrew) at the start of his debut single “Busy Hiding.” The song itself is a master of disguise. On the one hand, it sounds like your standard Mizrahi-style pop ballad, boasting a catchy tune and performed by a singer with a delicate voice.


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