GaySA Radio News 25 April

Pink Loerie Festival about to kick off Miss Gay Jozi is looking for a new queen World Champion Pole Vaulter Comes Out As Gay   Pink Loerie Festival about to kick off   Knysna’s forests will be filled with fantastical fairies, bears, princes, princesses, (frogs too), kings and fabulous queens for the Malebooth Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2017, powered by MambaOnline.com and Exonika.   From 26 April to 1 May 2017, South Africa’s most beautiful town will once again host the annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer), with a storybook line-up of events and celebrations.   Returning this year are two popular features: the Bear Colony Festival (a furry gathering of the ‘bear’ community at Blackwaters River Lodge) and the Wigstock Festival (an outrageous celebration, through performance, of all things drag).   Other entertainment and cultural events will include the launch of Bruce J. Little’s book Little Poof! Homonolgues, the Mr and Miss Mardi Gras pageants, a couture fashion show by acclaimed designer Peter...
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It’s a Festival of Colours for Miss Gay Jozi 2017

Gauteng’s most prestigious drag event returns on Saturday, 27 May to crown Miss Gay Jozi 2017 with a show-stopping celebration of beauty, spectacle and LGBT culture and identity. Marking half a decade of wowing audiences and empowering contestants, Miss Gay Jozi this year goes back to where it was launched in 2013: Club Simply Blue; one of the city’s longest running LGBT nightclubs. The larger and newly revamped venue offers an informal, comfortable and stylish space for the pageant, which once again promises to deliver a show of note. The performance line-up includes the young and sexy Roaun Justin Powell; the dynamic Sjarmante Diamante; Labelz D’Glamore, the diva who delivers; Miss Gay Jozi 2015, Ycer; S.A.T. Divas; and the inimitable Dame Zsa-Zsa, who will also be the hostess for the evening. “The Miss Gay Jozi pageant encourages the community to be proud and accepting of who we are,” says Pageant Director Dino Abrahams. “The event also greatly boosts each contestant’s sense of self-belief and...
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GaySA Radio News 24 April

Lesbians brutally beaten by gang of fifteen men Hacker who targeted ISIS with gay nudes subjected to beheading threats YouTube tech error censored ‘hundreds of thousands’ of LGBT videos   Lesbians brutally beaten by gang of fifteen men   A report from Britain says that a group of five lesbians were set upon by more than 15 men in a homophobic beating which left some missing teeth.   One woman said she feared she would die from the attack, another lost seven front teeth from a single punch and a third had a fit after she was left bleeding.   The five women now say they want to bring their attackers to justice.   Three men from London were arrested, say Hampshire police, on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/23/fifteen-men-brutal-attack-lesbians/   Hacker who targeted ISIS with gay nudes subjected to beheading threats   A hacker who took over the social media accounts of various pro-ISIS groups has described how he has received threats of beheading.   WachulaGhost began targeting the accounts since a shooting took place at the Orlando Pulse nightclub in...
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Leo Who? Let it be (a lesson in music)

When I told all and sundry that I was going to watch a concert by Leo Sayer, the usual question was Leo who? A star of the seventies and early eighties with songs like You make me feel like dancing and Orchard Road, Mr Sayer disappeared off the radar and the older generation fans all but forgot about him, while a new generation never even heard of him. Well, last night Mr Leo Sayer made a triumphant return to the Teatro stage at Montecasino and gave us a lesson in music. This rocking geriatric (he's 69 years old) pulled out all the stops and from the moment this diminutive figure walked onto the stage, he had the audience in the palm of his hand. What a welcome return it was. With his One man band, formed mostly by South African musicians, including his musical director from Australia, he took the packed Teatro on an energy filled tour of hits old and new. From the first notes,...
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Pink Loeries…What’s All the Hype About?

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival – by Justin Jacobs   One can’t argue with the fact that we live in a country just brimming with abundantly blessed landscapes. South Africans certainly are spoiled for choice when it comes to the vast selection of uniquely different options of holiday destinations that are available within our borders. And now with the rand taking on a few tumbles against other currencies, it’s possibly a wise choice to take a “sho’t left” and check out one of SA’s most idyllic destinations, Knysna. If you haven’t already heard about The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival, then this article is definitely going to grab your attention. Back in the previous century the sleepy town of Knysna, with its sprawling rainforests and tranquil lagoons was pretty much one of SA’s best kept secrets. But the organisers of the Pink Loerie festival were planning a revival that would have Knysna featuring prominently on the annual LGBTI...
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GaySA Radio News 18 April

Canada calls purported killings of gay men in Chechnya 'reprehensible’ Gay Russian violinist comes out on social media Gay man who outed a trans Survivor contestant has been fired from his job   Canada calls purported killings of gay men in Chechnya 'reprehensible,   Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs called the alleged detention and killings of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya "reprehensible," as LGBT rights groups called on the international community to act.   In a statement released Saturday, Chrystia Freeland called on Russian authorities to investigate the reports and "to immediately ensure the safety of all persons in Chechnya who may be at risk due to their sexual orientation."   The allegations that up to 100 men are being detained prompted a protest outside the Russian embassy in London on Wednesday.   Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that at least three of those men have been killed in secret prisons described as "concentration camps."   It also reported threats from Chechen religious leaders of  "reprisals" for its coverage of the issue.   http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chechnya-gay-men-imprisoned-1.4072349   Gay Russian...
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STEP INTO AN LGBTQ+ WONDERLAND WITH PINK LOERIE 2017

STEP INTO AN LGBTQ+ WONDERLAND WITH PINK LOERIE 2017

  Knysna's forests will be filled with fantastical fairies, bears, princes, princesses, (frogs too), kings and fabulous queens for the Malebooth Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2017, powered by MambaOnline.com and Exonika. From 26 April to 1 May 2017, South Africa's most beautiful town will once again host the annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer), with a storybook line-up of events and celebrations.   "In these times of upheaval, we decided to offer a distraction from reality with a modern fairytale theme," says Pink Loerie's John O’Neil. "Our focus is on the magical diversity of our community and the creativity and colour it has to offer."   Returning this year are two popular features: the Bear Colony Festival (a furry gathering of the 'bear' community at Blackwaters River Lodge) and the Wigstock Festival (an outrageous celebration, through performance, of all things drag).   Other entertainment and cultural events will include the launch of Bruce J. Little’s book Little Poof! Homonolgues,...
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GaySA Radio News 13 April

Kroonstad LGBTQ+ community living in fear after brutal murder Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation Romeo and Juliet recast as gay Premier League footballers   Kroonstad LGBTQ+ community living in fear after brutal murder   The LGBTQ+ community in Kroonstad is said to be living in fear after being allegedly threatened by one of the suspects in the murder of Nonki Smous.   According to activists on the ground, three men have been arrested in connection with the murder, with two subsequently released.   It is believed that one man remains in custody, charged with robbery after being found in possession of items belonging to Smous.   Local LGBTI activist Nthabiseng Mokanyane, who is also a relative of Smous, told Mambaonline that one of the released suspects had allegedly threatened a member of the community.   Mokanyane also claims that there have been other incidents of intimidation of activists by some members of the community.   Last week, a burnt out body, presumed to be the 28-year-old openly lesbian woman, was found in the township...
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GaySA Radio News 12 April

‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men British Vogue hires first gay male editor   ‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing   Idols judge Somizi Mhlongo delivered a stirring speech at a prayer service for Nonki Smous who was killed in an apparent lesbian hate crime.   Mhlongo attended the service in Kroonstad on Sunday.   Mhlongo told the congregation that in her honour we need to say enough is enough and that action needs to be taken.   He said that “you need to visit these streets‚ walk these streets‚ and say‚ ‘I am black. I am gay. I am lesbian’.   The culprits must know that enough is enough. They must feel your anger.”   Mhlongo explained that he was motivated to speak out after hearing how the woman was brutally raped and murdered because she was a lesbian.   http://www.heraldlive.co.za/my-heraldlive/2017/04/11/idols-judge-urges-action-lesbian-killing/   Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men   In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found...
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GaySA Radio News 12 April

  ‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men British Vogue hires first gay male editor   ‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing   Idols judge Somizi Mhlongo delivered a stirring speech at a prayer service for Nonki Smous who was killed in an apparent lesbian hate crime.   Mhlongo attended the service in Kroonstad on Sunday.   Mhlongo told the congregation that in her honour we need to say enough is enough and that action needs to be taken.   He said that “you need to visit these streets‚ walk these streets‚ and say‚ ‘I am black. I am gay. I am lesbian’.   The culprits must know that enough is enough. They must feel your anger.”   Mhlongo explained that he was motivated to speak out after hearing how the woman was brutally raped and murdered because she was a lesbian.   http://www.heraldlive.co.za/my-heraldlive/2017/04/11/idols-judge-urges-action-lesbian-killing/   Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men   In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found...
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