Gila Goldstein (Hebrew: גילה גולדשטיין; 18 December 1947 – 5 February 2017) was an Israeli actress and singer, transgender rights activist, one of the first activists of the Aguda, the oldest and largest LGBT organization in Israel. She is considered the first transgender woman in Israel and LGBT icon.
December 18, 1947
|Died||5 February 2017 (aged 69)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Gila Goldstein was born in Turin and assigned male at birth with name Abraham Goldstein. After immigrating to Israel she lived in Haifa. Goldstein realized she was transgender in 1960 and changed her name to Gila. She worked as a prostitute in Haifa before having sex reassignment surgery in Belgium in 1960 — the first officially documented sex reassignment surgery for an Israeli. In the early 1970s, Goldstein lived in Europe and worked as a dancer and striptease performer. When she returned to Israel, she performed in nightclubs and bars, including Bar 51. She served as the prototype of one of the characters in Amos Gutman’s film “Bar 51”.
Goldstein recorded several songs and performed them in “Allenby 58” club in 1990s. In 1998, together with Nino Orsiano she had music program on the local radio.
She was awarded the Israeli LGBT community prize in 2003 and Miami LGBT Film Festival Award for the best supporting actress for her role in “Good boys” in 2005. In 2010 she starred in the TV series for children and in the same year, a documentary film was made about her life.
The organization that provides assistance to transgender people was named after her in 2011. In 2015, in recognition of her service to the community, she had the honor to go at the head of the Tel Aviv pride parade.
Gila Goldstein died of a stroke on February 5, 2017. She was buried a man by the name of Ilan Ronen. Originally it was reported as a request of her family, which was later denied by family representatives. The funeral was attended by actors, politicians and representatives of the LGBT community.
- 2003 “Kulan” Hebrew.
- 2005 “Good boys”. Grace, mother of Manny.
- 2008 “Fucking Different Tel Aviv”
- 2010 “That’s Gila, That’s Me”. Documentary.
- 2010 “Hasamba, the third generation”. TV Series
- Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince (2006). Blood Moon’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Film. Blood Moon Productions. p. 175. ISBN 9780974811840.
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- “Gila Goldstein at The Tel Aviv Cinematheque”. tlvfest.com. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- Yoav Zehavi (2015–06-03). “Gila Goldstein, the first Israeli transgender”. TimeOut Israel. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- Yaniv Weizmann (2017–02-06). “Farewell to the warrior”. ynet.co.il. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- “Gila Goldstein family: we didn’t ask to bury her under another name”. wdg.co.il. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- “That’s Gila, That’s Me”. awiderbridge.org. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2017-02-07.