Michael Lucas to Release Gay Israeli Documentary

By: Daniel Villarreal

New York resident Michael Lucas is best known for his porn studio Lucas Entertainment, but he's also known for his outspoken praise of Israel's LGBT rights. Israel repealed sodomy laws and allowed gays into its military nearly 20 years before the U.S. did the same.

Israel also allows same-sex adoptions and has increasingly ruled in favor of gay employment protections, two developments which have yet to occur nationwide in America.

And while gays can't marry on Israeli soil, the country still recognizes gay couples married elsewhere. The country's capital Tel Aviv also has a thriving gay nightlife and a government-funded gay pride parade.

Lucas has helped highlight Israel's gay side by shooting his 2009 porn film Men of Israel inside of the country and (more recently) by hosting LGBT tours to the Jewish homeland.

But now he will make his strongest case through the debut of his documentary Undressing Israel: Gay Men In The Promised Land at the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival on February 8, 2013.

In the film, Lucas interviews "a gay member of Israel’s parliament, a trainer who served openly in the army, a young Arab-Israeli journalist, and a pair of dads raising their kids;" he also attends a gay wedding in Israel.

But while Israel is one of the most accepting Middle Eastern states, Lucas' documentary will be worth watching especially in light of his documented anti-Islamic views and over claims of Israeli "pinkwashing" (that is, highlighting its LGBT rights record to downplay its role in the ongoing territorial disputes with Palestine).

The film will undoubtedly help solidify Lucas' public role as an advocate for a Israeli LGBT culture, but the public response to the film — especially in LGBT blogs — will be worth watching too.

In the meanwhile, you can get a peek at the film's trailer below.