GaySA Radio News 27 February

Facebook scraps ‘gay cure’ ads Study confirms gay stereotype in sport George Michael's mansion ‘was used for gay porn’ Facebook scraps ‘gay cure’ ads   Facebook has scrapped an ad deal with evangelical gay ‘cure’ activists who were using the social network’s targeted ad tools to warn LGBT people they face “eternity in hell”.   US-based evangelical group Anchored North, who describe themselves as “next-generation evangelists”, were using Facebook to aggressively target “evil sinners” – including gay people, women considering abortion and atheists –  with online ad campaigns.   The group, which appears to have significant funding for advertising and professional-quality video, has a string of promoted content on Facebook.   The gay ‘cure’ ad has hundreds of negative reactions from LGBT people who were targeted, and a number of people have filed reports to Facebook.   Facebook axed the ads, in a ten-word statement, saying “This ad violates our advertising policies, and has been removed.”   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/24/facebook-axes-gay-cure-ads-threatening-eternity-in-hell/   Study confirms gay stereotype in sport   A new study has revealed stark results for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people...
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South Africa: Concerned civil society groups calls on government to address xenophobia

Recognising that South Africa has experienced xenophobic violence on numerous occasions on a scale which has been unprecedented in its democratic history, South Africa needs to recognise and strengthen those policies and laws which will promote tolerance and cater for appropriate sanctions for perpetrators of xenophobia. The last years have seen frequent attacks against refugees and migrants living in South Africa. We are reminded that between 2000 and 2008 close to 67 people died due to what became identified as xenophobic attacks in South Africa.1 In May 2008, 62 people were killed and 600 sustained injuries as a result of xenophobic attacks.2 Twenty-five of those killed were South Africans who were mistakenly believed to be non-nationals. Since 2009, the number of attacks against refugees and migrants in South Africa escalated reaching an average of between two and three attacks annually. In April 2015 at least 5 people died and about 5000 others were displaced when there was an outbreak of...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 24 February

Transgender couples take Home Affairs to court to change sex status Transgender woman allegedly thrown out of Johannesburg shelter Gay-rights advocate challenges Trinidad &Tobago's homosexuality laws     Transgender couples take Home Affairs to court to change sex status   Three transgender women and their spouses have taken the Department of Home Affairs to court to force it to change their sex description, the Legal Resources Centre said on Thursday.   The centre, which is representing the couples, had launched an application in the Western Cape High Court, seeking to compel the department to amend their sex description on the national population register and on their birth certificates, and issue them with new identity numbers.   South Africans can legally change their sexual identity through the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act 49 of 2003.   The centre said the department however argued that the existing civil marriages of the couples, which are heterosexual, precluded the department from amending the sex descriptor as it would amount to recognition of a same-sex...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 23 February

    Openly gay minister of Indian origin could be Ireland’s next PM Women prefer to hire gay and lesbian job applicants Religious Right Blasts Lego Batman for 'Pro-Gay Propaganda' Openly gay minister of Indian origin could be Ireland’s next PM   Leo Varadkar, an openly gay Irish minister of Indian-origin, is being widely tipped as the frontrunner in the race to become Ireland’s next prime minister.   Varadkar is a leader of the Fine Gael political party and the social protection minister.   Born in Dublin, he is the son of a retired Indian doctor and an Irish mother.   Varadkar, a qualified doctor, is in a relationship with Matthew Barrett, also a doctor.   Media reports said the elevation of Varadkar would mark a major social change for Ireland, which was among the last European Union members to decriminalise homosexuality, voting to recognise same-sex marriages in 2015.   If Varadkar becomes prime minister, Ireland will be only the fourth country to have an openly gay head of government, next to Belgium, Iceland and Luxembourg.   http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/openly-gay-minister-of-indian-origin-could-be-ireland-s-next-pm/story-xWbGDzDVBGUtHnVHuHzQsO.html   Women prefer...
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GaySA Radio News 22 February

Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal Mr Gay NZ defends his view that having unprotected sex with HIV can be safe Gay boxer beats man making homophobic comments Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal   The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office has resigned following revelations that government funds for combating sexual discrimination had been allocated to clubs offering gay prostitution services.   Francesco Spano's resignation late Monday followed a report by popular television show The Hyenas that set off a media storm, claiming the National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR) had been funding "cultural" associations which hosted gay sex parties.   On Tuesday he insisted the funds had been allocated in 2016 but not issued and an immediate stop had been put to the programme.   ANDDOS, the National Association Against Sexual Discrimination, which runs hundreds of gay clubs across Italy, had been set to receive 55,000 euros.   Explicit undercover images broadcast on Sunday showed men using a "dark room", designed for those who want to engage...
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GaySA Radio News 21 February

  Zambian gay rights dispute erupts over football HIV infections down in US but rising for young gay men The ‘father’ of ex-gay ministry dies Zambian gay rights dispute erupts over football   A proposal by Zambian football authorities to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians has kicked off a dispute over homosexuality, which is illegal in the country and widely seen as immoral.   The new draft constitution of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) contains a clause banning discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, in line with regulations from world governing body FIFA.   But Zambian church leaders and senior football figures have attacked the proposal as undermining the country's devout Christian beliefs, which are protected by the national constitution.   Zambia does not implicitly ban homosexual sex, but it outlaws "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature".   http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/zambian-gay-rights-dispute-erupts-over-football-20170220   HIV infections down in US but rising for young gay men   A new report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention presented on Valentine’s Day reveals an 18% fall in the...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 20 February

Tanzania threatens to publish 'list of gay people' Finnish parliament re-adopts gay marriage law Gay fairytale is dedicated to the victims of the Orlando massacre Tanzania threatens to publish 'list of gay people'   Tanzania on Saturday announced plans to publish a list of gay people allegedly selling sex online -- just days after shutting dozens of AIDS clinics accused of promoting homosexuality.   The country's deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla said on Twitter that the government was investigating "the homosexuality syndicate" and would arrest and prosecute those involved in the gay sex business.   He wrote that he would publish a list of gay people selling their bodies online, saying that the government has long arms and it will arrest all those involved quietly.   Gay male sex is punishable by anything from 30 years to life imprisonment under Tanzanian law, but there is no such ban on lesbian relations.   http://www.enca.com/africa/tanzania-threatens-to-publish-list-of-gay-people   Finnish parliament re-adopts gay marriage law   Finland's parliament voted Friday for a second time in favour of same-sex marriage, just two weeks before...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 17 February

Lesbian activist bashed with a cricket bat in Pretoria Victory as Church of England rejects homophobic bishop’s report Conchita Wurst announces retirement Lesbian activist bashed with a cricket bat in Pretoria   A 24-year-old Lesbian activist from Pretoria who has dedicated herself to combating the stigma of HIV and the scourge of hate crimes, was attacked by a group of men wielding a cricket bat in Pretoria.   On Saturday 28 January, she was returning to her Sunnyside flat from a night out and when she reached the gate of the apartment complex, the men struck.   The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her from further victimization, was saved by the caretaker of the flat complex.   She sustained several injuries including having most of her teeth knocked out.   According to OUT LGBT Well-being’s report, Hate Crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in South Africa, 2016, more than half (55%) of LGBT South Africans fear they will experience discrimination or violence due to their sexual orientation...
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GaySA Radio News 16 February

Relief as Gambia’s new president says homosexuality “not an issue”   Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys & other celebs denounce Texas anti-trans bills   People Are Sending Rainbows To The Political Candidate Who Said LGBT People Use Nazi Mind Control Techniques   Relief as Gambia’s new president says homosexuality “not an issue”   In the wake of former President Jammeh’s virulently homophobic rule, Gambia’s new leader appears far less concerned about the so-called “threat” of homosexuality.   This week, President Adama Barrow spoke for the first time on the issue of LGBT rights, saying that homosexuality is not an issue in Gambia.   He is also reported to have pointed out that the country has far more pressing issues to focus on, such as the economy.   Barrow was voted into office late last year, unseating Jammeh, who only recently gave up power and went into exile after protracted negotiations and the threat of military action by neighbouring countries.   http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/02/15/relief-gambias-new-president-says-homosexuality-issue/   Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys & other celebs denounce Texas anti-trans bills   A host of...
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GaySA Radio News Wednesday 15 February

Trump Keeps Obama’s Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department Malaysian government openly endorses gay conversion therapy ‘Racist’ Gay Porn Star with Nazi Tattoos Arrested in Texas Meth Raid Trump Keeps Obama’s Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department   The Trump administration has decided to keep President Barack Obama’s top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department in defiance of evangelical groups who called for his immediate expulsion.   Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, is continuing “in his role under the current administration,” a State Department spokesperson said on Monday.   The move marks the latest surprise decision by President Donald Trump on gay rights as he juggles the agenda of his staunchly conservative cabinet and top aides, and his cosmopolitan, New York-bred daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.   Berry, an openly gay career Foreign Service officer whom conservative groups have derided as Obama’s “top gay activist,” became the first person to hold the position in February 2015.   Berry repeatedly stressed that his...
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