LGBTQ supporters protest Netanyahu's hard-right gov't

STORY: The protesters staged a demonstration outside the government offices in Tel Aviv, chanting, "shame." They broke through a police line and blocked a Tel Aviv highway for a short while.

Protester Idan Frenkel described the new government as "radical right" with members who were "hating women, hating minorities, full of homophobes, and we are here to say enough is enough."

Adam Muminov, who identified as a member of the LGBTQ community, told Reuters he feared what the "much more extremist" and "much more conservative" government would do. "We are afraid for our rights as LGBTQ people. They are going to discriminate us and chase us. And rule against us," he said.

Netanyahu has already drawn criticism from scores of local authorities after naming a far-right politician with a history of anti-LGBTQ speech, Avi Maoz, to head a new "National Jewish Identity" authority with powers over some school activities. Maoz says he is not anti-gay but is opposed to the LGBTQ movement and has called for the cancellation of the annual Jerusalem gay pride march.

Despite the deeply conservative makeup of the right-wing majority, with a number of members who have made anti-LGBTQ comments, parliament elected Amir Ohana, an openly gay Netanyahu loyalist, as its new speaker.