GaySA Radio News Wednesday 31 May

Theresa May under fire for changing her mind about gay rights Russian foreign minister says claims of abuse are 'not based on fact' Court won't be 'intimidated' on gay marriage stance   Theresa May under fire for changing her mind about gay rights   Theresa May’s support for LGBT people was called into question at an election hustings in which parties laid out their policies regarding equality issues.   In 2010, Theresa May distanced herself from her voting record on LGBT issues, including voting against gay adoption in 2002 and voting against the repeal of Section 28, which banned councils from “promoting” homosexuality, in 2000.   There was agreement from the representative of all parties present on a range of issues, including the need for more protection of the rights of LGBT people around the world and the need for concerted action to tackle hate crimes against LGBT people.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/31/theresa-may-under-fire-for-changing-her-mind-about-gay-rights   Russian foreign minister says claims of abuse are 'not based on fact'   Russia’s foreign minister has sought to downplay allegations of abuse of...
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Protest in Pretoria draws enthusiastic crowd

Justice has been denied to Bobby Motlatla of Potchefstroom, who was found dead in his bedroom on 10 November 2015; Phoebe Titus-Wolseley died on 27 December 2015, a transwoman stabbed to death; Motshidisi Pascalina Melamu died in Evaton on 18 December 2015, her body found in an open field; David Olyne died in Ceres on 22 March 2014, and while one person was found guilty, police have not followed up other leads in this case that remains open. It was for these cases and the many others that have occurred in recent months, that a small but vocal group of protesters gathered outside OUT LGBT Wellbeing in Hatfield, Pretoria, earlier today. Their message was clear: Stop the violence against LGBTQ+ people. Lerato Phalakatshela, Hate Crime Manager at OUT, said to GaySA Radio that it was important to do the protest because there are a lot of LGBTQ+ murders going on in the country. He said: "We feel the government is not doing anything about...
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GaySA Radio news Tuesday 30 May

French president calls on Putin to protect gay Chechens Gay player wants Court stripped of Aussie stadium title Will Young opens up about addiction to gay porn   French president calls on Putin to protect gay Chechens   French president Emmanuel Macron says he has urged Vladimir Putin to ensure that the rights of LGBT people are protected following allegations of a crackdown on gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya.   The Russian president was in France for talks with Macron, two weeks after his election victory.   Macron's call comes after widespread reports of a brutal campaign by the authorities against gay men in Chechnya, including allegations of torture and murder.   Macron added that President Putin told him he had started a number of initiatives with regard to the Chechen LGBT community.   Previously, Putin said he would talk to the prosecutor general and interior minister regarding an investigation.   The French president has added his voice to that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel who, also during a recent meeting with Putin, asked the Russian...
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GaySA Radio kicks off Fundraising campaign

GaySA Radio needs your donation to keep broadcasting to the world. Since starting its online radio service more than a year ago, the unpaid volunteers at GaySA Radio have had to fund their participation in this unique radio station out of their own pockets. The presenters come from various parts of Gauteng and each of them has subsidised their own participation. When the team took on hate speaking pastor Steven Anderson last year (and won!), they did this with no resources, except sheer determination. They won the case with the help of the pro bono service of Attorney Coenraad Kukkuk. All the costs of the station have so far been carried by the founding members, who have dug deep into their own pockets to pay for the various costs to keep the station operational, including Internet, streaming, telephone, equipment, and so on. Past and present volunteers at GaySA RAdio need your help to continue reaching the world   The only funds that have been donated...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 29 May

United Nations official wants answers on gay detentions in Indonesia Speaker of Chechen parliament oversaw persecution of gay men White House didn’t include gay prime minister’s husband in portrait caption   United Nations official wants answers on gay detentions in Indonesia   The United Nations‘ human rights office is calling on Indonesian authorities to release people detained on the basis of their sexual orientation and combat anti-gay stigma.   Spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva on Friday that the office is “concerned by the recent persecution, arbitrary arrest, detention and ill-treatment of men perceived to be gay.”   Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in Aceh province, but the LGBT community has come under siege in the past year.   A case before the country’s top court seeks to criminalize gay sex.   Colville says that “consensual relations between adults of the same sex should not be criminalized.”   He urges Indonesia to review “legislation that contravenes Indonesia’s legal obligations, including local criminal legislation in Aceh.”   https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/05/united-nations-official-wants-answers-gay-detentions-indonesia/   Speaker of Chechen parliament oversaw persecution of gay men   The powerful speaker...
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ACTIVIST EXPLORES INNOVATIVE WAYS FOR LGBTI HEALTHCARE RIGHTS ADVOCACY

“I have had to fight a lot of battles as a HIV positive, black and gender non-conforming queer body in South Africa, such as limited access to healthcare, stigma and discrimination,” says thirty-year-old non-binary LGBTI and HIV/AIDS activist, Nkokheli Mankayi. It is through those battles that Mankayi constantly implements new strategies to advocate for equal healthcare rights for all, consequently establishing a movement for sexual and gender minorities that are side-lined. Mankayi recently convened a dialogue to discuss possible ways for the liberation of transgender and gender diverse persons in South Africa. The panel of speakers consisted of Mary Hames from Gender Equity, Leigh Davids of SistaazHood SWEAT, Trauma Practioner from TRE for Africa Claire Gemmil, Whitney Quanita Booysen of the Trans Wellness Project as well as Zachary Akani Shimange from Gender Dynamix. The interactive dialogue also looked at the impact of colonisation on access to healthcare and ideas for new tools to work in improving healthcare for all queer persons...
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25th edition of SA’s ICON comic and games convention

Johannesburg, 24 May 2017 - Bigger and better than ever before, with growing international status, the 25th edition of the ICON Comic and Games Convention (ICON CGC), Home of the Super-Hero, returns to Johannesburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre from the 16th-18th June 2017 over the Youth Day Long Weekend. It is South Africa’s longest running and largest pop culture event - the destination for leading gaming and pop culture experts and anyone looking to celebrate their fantasy world while being immersed in a compelling and exciting storyline. This celebration of gaming, story-telling, role-playing and tech positions ICON CGC as the ideal introduction to gaming for people of all ages and interests. SA’s most important gathering of geeks, it is seen by industry insiders as being on a par with the best hobby gaming conventions in the world. There is a geek in all of us. Geeks set the stage for incredible story-telling, and thanks to this, we’re witness to it in mainstream life. Countless big budget sci-fi and...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 26 May

Indonesian caning of gay men strains Australian relationship Ex-tennis great boycotts Qantas over gay marriage Gay adult film actor comes out as HIV positive   Indonesian caning of gay men strains Australian relationship An Australian Member of Parliament says the “cruel and sickening” caning of two gay men in Aceh has cast a cloud over Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. The gay backbencher Trent Zimmerman told parliament on Tuesday that Australia should not stand by and ignore the inhumane treatment of the men who were caned 85 times under sharia law for having consensual sex. He was grateful the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, had raised the matter with her Indonesian counterparts but called on others, including the Muslim community in Australia, to take a stand. The crossbench senator Derryn Hinch has called for Australia to suspend its foreign aid to Indonesia over the matter. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/25/indonesian-caning-of-gay-men-strains-australian-relationship-says-liberal-mp   Ex-tennis great boycotts Qantas over gay marriage Australian tennis great Margaret Court on Thursday announced she will stop flying Qantas "where possible" in protest of the airline's support of same-sex marriage. The 24-time Grand Slam champion, now a...
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GaySA Radio News Wednesday 24 May

Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families to gather this week Police say raid on alleged gay sex party not related to LGBT issues South Korean soldier convicted in military gay witch-hunt   Each year, anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families holds a major annual summit, in addition to smaller regional gatherings.   The summit often attracts around three thousand people, and it’s held in major cities around the world.   This year, the eleventh annual gathering is slated for May 25 through 28 (with WCF events scheduled May 26 and 27) for Budapest, Hungary with the theme “Building Family-Friendly Nations: Making Families Strong Again,” and already the speakers’ list is shaping up as a who’s who on the anti-LGBT and anti-choice Christian Right.   The group has deep ties to Russia and may have played a role in the passage of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.   Last year, WCF met in Tbilisi, Georgia, where speakers engaged in conspiracy theories about abortion, “cultural Marxism” and “gender ideology” and linked LGBT people to pedophilia.   Eastern Europe has become a flashpoint in the battles...
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Gay Flag Project to raise funds for LGBTQ+ Visibility

AFRICAN LGBTQ+ NEED YOUR HELP In most of Africa it is illegal to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer+. In some countries you could face long prison sentences or even the death penalty just for who you are. South Africa is the shining example for furthering LGBTQ+ rights on the African continent. In South Africa, gay rights are enshrined in the Constitution and same sex marriage is legal. But even here the community suffers on a daily basis. Lesbian identifying women are raped and killed, young gay men are beaten and killed, churches continue to spread virulent homophobic messages, while politicians largely ignore our plight. But there is light in the tunnel. And you can help shine that light bright so that it reaches the end of the tunnel! GaySA Radio is Africa’s only online LGBTQ+ radio station, broadcasting on http://gaysaradio.ndstream.net. Pretoria LGBTQ+ Pride is Africa’s largest Pride event, hosted this year on 7 October. Having joined forces, these two are a powerhouse in...
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