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 or gender identity.




Victory as Church of England rejects homophobic bishop’s report


The rejection by the Church of England of a controversial Bishops’ Report has been hailed as a “victory for LGBTI love and equality”.


On Wednesday, the church’s General Synod voted against endorsing the report which sought to affirm the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.


The report, compiled by the House of Bishops, was put to 400 church leaders gathered at Church Hall in Westminster, London where they voted to reject the recommendations.


While it called for a “fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” towards LGBTI people, critics claimed that it actually had nothing new to offer.


The vote is a symbolic one and does not change official church policy, but it nevertheless has been seen as a major step forward.




Conchita Wurst announces retirement


The man who created the iconic bearded drag persona Conchita Wurst says that it’s time to retire the character.


Speaking to Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, singer Tom Neuwirth declared that he does not need her any more and that he has “to kill her”.


Wurst, performed by the 28-year-old Neuwirth and representing Austria, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her powerful and dramatic vocals and became an instant international phenomenon.


Accepting the trophy that night, Wurst dedicated her victory “to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. We are unity.”


She was slammed by outraged homophobic Russian politicians. MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky proclaimed her victory as “the end of Europe,” adding that “there is no limit to [their] outrage.”


The singer went on to perform at Pride events around the world, modelled for Jean Paul Gaultier, and was even praised by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for her efforts in promoting LGBTI equality.


A world without Conchita Wurst may be imminent

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