The Religious Contradiction

The Religious Contradiction – by Justin Jacobs   Organised religion has never been high on the list of priorities to members of the glorious LGBTI community for obvious reasons. Recent polls show that on a global scale most LGBTI people identify as ‘spiritual’ rather than pegging themselves as members of any specific mainstream religion. It is no secret that as a people we have been shunned by most, if not all of the world’s dominant religions and this archaic legacy has been one of the main stumbling blocks for the progression of our civil rights movement throughout the globe. As we move into 2017, does the topic of religion play a part in the lives of everyday LGBTI people, if so what are the positive aspects thereof and what are the not so positive ones? The world is certainly changing and our rights have progressed, but there has been a marked increase of backlash against the LGBTI community worldwide. Does this possibly have something...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 10 April

Suspects to appear for Nonki murder Gay couple arrested for having sex face up to 100 lashings Ricky Martin to play Gianni Versace’s gay lover    Suspects to appear for Nonki murder   Suspects are to appear in the Kroonstad Magistrates court today on charges relating to the murder of Nonki Smous last week.   Her burned body was found close to a church last week Tuesday.   Nonki was much loved and the murder came a great shock to the local community.     Gay couple arrested for having sex face up to 100 lashings A gay couple in Indonesia face up to 100 lashings by cane after a neighbour reported them to police for having sex. The men, aged 23 and 20, were arrested in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, on March 29.   Marzuki, who is leading the investigation, said the men had ‘confessed’ to being a gay couple after a video of the pair together was posted online by a neighbour.   The footage allegedly shows one of the men naked and visibly distressed as he calls for help on his phone, while his partner is repeatedly...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 7 April

Hundreds march in Amsterdam to support beaten gay couple Two Openly Gay Candidates Notch Historic Wins In Alaska Election Russia bans 'extremist' picture of Vladimir Putin as a gay clown   Hundreds march in Amsterdam to support beaten gay couple   Hundreds of people walked hand-in-hand through Amsterdam on Wednesday to show solidarity with two gay men who were badly beaten over the weekend in the eastern city of Arnhem.   The peaceful march was part of a national outpouring of emotion over the beating of the married couple by a group of youths.   The men told police the confrontation started because they were holding hands.   Five suspects, all in their teens, will be charged on Thursday with causing serious bodily harm, prosecutors said, adding that they are still investigating the motive of the attack.   http://www.news24.com/World/News/hundreds-march-in-amsterdam-to-support-beaten-gay-couple-20170406     Two Openly Gay Candidates Notch Historic Wins In Alaska Election   Two victorious candidates for Anchorage, Alaska, city assembly are the first openly gay people elected to public office in the state’s most populous city.   Christopher Constant, 45, and...
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GaySA Radio News Thursday 6 April

A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Burnt body feared to be that of young lesbian woman Reaction to first gay companion on Doctor Who is ‘nonsense,’ says showrunner Steven Moffat   A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.   A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.   LGBT rights group Lambda Legal brought the case in 2014 on behalf of Kimberly Hively, a part-time math teacher who sued Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Ind., on grounds she was denied a full-time job because she is a lesbian.   The latest ruling is at odds with a finding last month from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that Title VII does not bar claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation.   Twenty-two states have outlawed workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.   There are fears that a young lesbian woman has become the victim...
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GaySA Radio News 5 April 2017

Men are holding hands in protest against anti-gay violence in the Netherlands Gay tech workers earn less than their straight counterparts Local gospel star shuts down gay rumours   Men are holding hands in protest against anti-gay violence in the Netherlands Two high-ranking Dutch politicians were photographed holding hands earlier this week as they arrived at The Hague for negotiations on the formation of a new cabinet.   Alexander Pechtold, leader of liberal-democratic party D66, and party member Wouter Koolmees were taking part in show of solidarity following a brutal assault on a gay couple that took place in Arnhem over the weekend.   Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Verne had been holding hands when they were set on by a group of youths in the early hours of Sunday morning.   Images of men holding hands have been appearing on social media with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/04/men-holding-hands-protest-against-anti-gay-violence-netherlands/   Gay tech workers earn less than their straight counterparts   LGBTQ workers in tech earn significantly less than their heterosexual counterparts, a new study reports.   According to a study out this week from the...
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GaySA Radio News Tuesday 4 April

  Free PrEP now available in Pretoria for gay and bi men Gay couple beaten with heavy bolt cutters, seriously injuring one One in five people under 35 now identifies as being gay As South Africa begins its roll out of PrEP for at-risk populations in the public health sector, the capital has become one of the first cities to offer the service.   TEN81 Center in Hatfield, run by OUT LGBT Well-being, has announced that it now supplies free PrEP to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Tshwane for the first time.   PrEP for MSM can already be sourced for free in Johannesburg and Cape Town, from two Health4Men clinics in Yeoville and Woodstock (see Quick Facts below).   The daily medication, which has been proven to be highly effective in preventing HIV-negative people from getting HIV, will be available from TEN81 from the 3rd of April, 2017.   http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/04/03/free-prep-now-available-pta-gay-bi-men/   Gay couple beaten with heavy bolt cutters, seriously injuring one   A gay couple in the Netherlands were attacked by...
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It’s finally here! Free PrEP for men who have sex with men available in PTA

In a first for Pretoria, OUT's TEN81 Center in Hatfield is proud to announce that it now offers free PrEP for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).   The daily medication, which has been proven to be highly effective in preventing HIV-negative people from getting HIV, will be available from the 3rd of April, 2017. The groundbreaking use of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prohylaxis) by MSM and other at risk groups has been approved by South Africa's Department of Health and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation.   "PrEP is a game-changer for MSM," says Johan Meyer, Health Manager at TEN81. "It offers a powerful new tool in the arsenal against the spread of HIV. We especially urge all gay, bi and other MSM who are active on the dating scene, may have multiple partners or choose to have riskier sex to consider using this service."   He adds: "For many gay, bi and MSM internationally, using PrEP has become like taking their...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 3 April

Chechen police apparently round up more than 100 suspected gay men Singer in SF Gay Men’s Chorus dies on stage Creator of gay rights rainbow flag dies   Chechen police apparently rounds up more than 100 suspected gay men   Authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have launched an anti-gay campaign that has led to authorities rounding up dozens of men suspected of being homosexual, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights activists.   The newspaper claimed that more than 100 people had been detained and three men killed in the roundup.   It claimed that among those detained were well-known local television personalities and religious figures.   A spokesman for the region’s interior ministry told the Russian newspaper RBC that the report was “an April fool’s joke”.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/chechen-police-rounded-up-100-gay-men-report-russian-newspaper-chechnya   Singer in SF Gay Men’s Chorus dies on stage   A member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus died on stage during intermission of a performance Friday night.   Ryan Nunez, 39, was performing, “Paradise Found,” at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco when he collapsed on...
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