Over the next two years, Israel will spend $5 million on funding for initiatives that benefit the Israeli LGBTQIA+ community, reports PinkNews.
Announced last Wednesday, the money will go toward LGBT+ support groups and student groups, as well as anti-discrimination programming and a panel dedicated to approving gender reassignment surgeries.
There will also be new jobs in every government ministry created specifically to tackle discrimination against the LGBT+ community.
The announcement follows criticism from Israeli LGBT+ activists over the government's decision to spend $2.86 million on advertising to bring international tourists to Pride earlier this year, while spending only $386k on support for LGBT+ groups.
Israel is considered one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East when it comes to LGBT+ issues. Although the country does not have marriage equality, a recent poll reported that 76% of the population supports it, and they do recognise civil unions and same-sex marriages if they've been married in a different country. Their army also permits gay and transgender soldiers.