GaySA Radio News Wednesday 3 May 2017

Angela Merkel urges Vladimir Putin to protect Chechnya gay rights   Russia offers 'cures' for gay people   Accusations of vote rigging at Mr Gay Mardi Gras in Knysna     Angela Merkel urges Vladimir Putin to protect Chechnya gay rights German chancellor Angela Merkel said she raised concerns with Russian president Vladimir Putin about a reported violent crackdown on homosexuals in Chechnya during a meeting in Sochi on Tuesday.   Mrs Merkel told reporters that, following a tense round of talks with the Russian president, she asked President Putin to use his influence to protect these minority rights.   Mrs Merkel, who arrived in Sochi on Tuesday afternoon for her first visit to Russia in two years, said that she raised the issue along with other human rights concerns, including police breaking up anti-Kremlin protests and a Supreme Court ruling last month banning the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group as extremist.   Mr Putin denied that Russian police had violated protesters' rights by arresting them.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/03/angela-merkel-urges-vladimir-putin-protect-chechnya-gay-rights/   Russia offers 'cures' for gay people   Controversial "treatments" by psychotherapists and...
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Roots of Humankind Music Festival at NIROX Sculpture Park

Saturday, 27 May 2017   The Nirox Sculpture Park, together with sponsors Caleo Wealth Management, Mini and media partner KAYA FM, are thrilled to announce the ROOTS OF HUMANKIND MUSIC FESTIVAL.   The ROOTS OF HUMANKIND is a musical take on our contemporary presence in this ancient place – the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site – interpreting indigenous sounds and rhythms through modern allegories.   This modern-traditional mix of music will be performed by music legends such Philip Tabane, Madala Kunene, Pops Mohamed, The Urban Village, Skorokoro Ensemble and Tabia.   This strategically picked, collection of performing artists will arrive at NIROX 3 days before the concert to engage, collaborate and rehearse, resulting in an entirely unique production, with artists performing each others' original music, while creating a different, ecclectic sound of the music you know and love, and music you have never heard before.   Sounds will include an array of traditional and home-made instrumentation; guitars, bass, percussion and voice.   Music for today – rooted in our rich past.   The...
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GaySA Radio News Tuesday 2 May 2017

Top US court rejects ‘gay conversion’ therapy ban challenge Russians Protesting Abuse of Gay Men in Chechnya Are Detained Eight Indonesian men face 15 years in jail ‘for holding a gay party’     Top US court rejects ‘gay conversion’ therapy ban challenge The US Supreme Court on Monday left intact California’s ban on “gay conversion” therapy aimed at turning youths under age 18 away from homosexuality, rejecting a Christian minister’s challenge to the law asserting it violates religious rights.   The justices, turning away a challenge to the 2012 law for the second time in three years, let stand a lower court’s ruling that it was constitutional and neither impinged upon free exercise of religion nor impacted the activities of clergy members.   The law prohibits state-licensed mental health counsellors, including psychologists and social workers, from offering therapy to change sexual orientation in minors.   The Supreme Court in 2014 refused to review the law after an appeals court rejected claims that the ban infringed on free speech rights under US...
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