GaySA Radio News Monday 20 March

Gay organisation to open in Soweto ‘Proud gay Kurd’ marries under Finland’s new same-sex marriage law Jerusalem to host Israel’s main gay pride parade   Gay organisation to open in Soweto   A group of men in Soweto has decided to start an organisation for gay men, by gay men all about the things a gay man has to deal with and the different spheres of life.   According to Director of UDIDI Productions, Mandla Magazi this platform will help guys with adopting children as well as have a hospice for gay men only, creating a safe haven for those who have nowhere else to go.   They will have group talks as well, and will discuss gay rights because there are gay men who are being abused and others are unemployed who need direction on where to go.   The organisation will be launching at the end of August once the board has found premises. http://sowetourban.co.za/35115/gay-org-bring-class-soweto/   ‘Proud gay Kurd’ marries under Finland’s new same-sex marriage law   A 23-year-old Kurd who identified himself as Ziryan and...
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GaySA Radio News 15 March

Two Tunisian men to be imprisoned for 8 months for ‘looking gay’ Gay rights activist claims he was raped by an American man in France Texas Democrat proposes ‘satirical’ bill penalizing men for masturbation   Two Tunisian men to be imprisoned for 8 months for ‘looking gay’   Two men have been sent to prison in Tunisia because they were perceived to be gay.   The men, Achref, 20 and Sabri, 21, were sentenced on Friday to eight months in prison.   This comes after they were arrested on 7 December in the city of Sousse.   According to a French newspaper, the men were told by the police officer that he suspected they were gay, calling gay people a “curse” on the country.   Achref said the men were slapped around and made to sign a written confession of the allegations.   He also says they were anally probed.   Despite a result of “negative” from the test, the practice of which is widely discredited, a judge still sentenced the men.   The written statement claimed that the men had been...
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GaySA Radio News 14 March

  Vatican reeling after priest orgy sex scandal Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex Mr Gay Ireland title awarded for 2017   Vatican reeling after priest orgy sex scandal   The Vatican is reeling thanks to a series of claims against it involving Italian priests behaving badly.   Scandals relating to orgies, prostitution and porn videos have sent shockwaves around the Catholic Church, which is still recovering from hugely damaging international claims over child sex abuse dating back years.   A priest in Naples, in the south of Italy, was suspended and is facing a formal investigation by senior clerics over allegations that he went online seeking partners to pay for sex, while another parish priest in Padua could be cast out altogether after it came to light that he had a string of secret female lovers – some of whom he took to a swingers’ resort in France.   Another priest is under police investigation for allegedly organizing and filming sex parties in the...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 13 March

Jon Qwelane hate speech trial to resume on 14 March St. Patrick’s parade organizers will allow gay veterans to march NYC reports increase in hepatitis A in gay men Jon Qwelane hate speech trial to resume on 14 March   The hate speech trial of Jon Qwelane is currently underway in the South Gauteng High Court.  During the past week, powerful testimony was heard in court about the effects of hate speech and hate crimes on LGBTI individual and communities, and on society at large.   People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), and an anonymous survivor of hate crimes - whose testimony was heard in-camera - presented their evidence before the court. There has been a strong presence of activists throughout the trial.   The trial will resume on Tuesday 14 March when closing arguments in the hate speech case brought against Mr Qwelane will be heard, along with the constitutional challenge to the Equality Act’s hate speech provision brought by Mr Qwelane.   PsySSA will make arguments...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 10 March

Outrage over 'forced outing' of gay pupils at Eastern Cape school Bengaluru college sacks gay professor Iraqi troops ‘liberate’ infamous Mosul tower block where ISIS thugs threw gay men to their deaths   Outrage over 'forced outing' of gay pupils at Eastern Cape school   The actions of an Eastern Cape school principal alleged to have forced 38 girls to declare their sexual orientation in front of their parents on Tuesday has been widely condemned.   The Commission for Gender Equality‚ provincial department of education‚ lesbian‚ gay‚ bisexual‚ transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) community and the Democratic Alliance have all vowed to launch investigations into the conduct of principal Nomampondomise Kosani of Ulwazi High School in Mdantsane.   Kosani caused widespread outrage after she is alleged to have called the group of 38‚ aged 14 to 18‚ together to force them‚ in front of their parents‚ to point out their girlfriends.   Commission for Gender Equality legal adviser Kerry Anne Oosthuysen said the commission had‚ by law‚ a mandate to investigate and resolve...
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GaySA Radio news Wednesday 8 March

Princess Diana's former butler has revealed he is gay Schoolboy dies just weeks after coming out as gay on YouTube Disney gay scenes anger Jamaicans Princess Diana's former butler has revealed he is gay   Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell has revealed he is gay and will marry his boyfriend just nine months after divorcing his wife of 32 years.   Mr Burrell, 58, now a florist living in Cheshire, will wed his lawyer partner Graham Cooper, 58, next month and they have reportedly been together for up to a decade.   The father-of-two divorced his wife Maria, 62, last year and his wedding is the first public acknowledgement that he is gay - but a source close to Mr Burrell has claimed the only person her ever told about his sexuality was Diana.   Mr Burrell, who served as Princess Diana's butler for 10 years and was said to be called 'her rock', is yet to speak about the relationship publicly.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4287808/Diana-s-former-butler-Paul-Burrell-comes-gay.html#ixzz4aheoPas5   Schoolboy dies just weeks after coming out as...
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GaySA Radio News 6 March

Father who raped his gay daughter jailed for 21 years Actor opens up about 7de Laan gay kiss Great-grandfather comes out as gay at 95 Father who raped his gay daughter jailed for 21 years   A father who raped his gay daughter to prove “sex was better with men” has been jailed for 21 years.   The man is believed to have raped his 16-year-old daughter after exploding with “uncontrolled” anger after she said she was “struggling with her identity”.   The 54-year-old has not been named to protect the victim’s identity and Warwick Crown Court in England heard that two of his daughters have suffered abuse from him across two decades.   The man has been found guilty of three charges of rape, one charge of indecency with a child during the 1980’s and 1990’s and nine charges of indecent assault.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/father-raped-lesbian-daughter-sex-better-with-men-warwick-crown-court-a7612131.html   Actor opens up about 7de Laan gay kiss   Popular Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan caused quite a stir with its decision to broadcast a first-ever gay kiss in one of its latest...
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GaySA Radio News 3 March

Alarm as murders of transgender women spike in the US When We Rise Falls Again in Ratings Christian leader takes issue with Beauty and the Beast Alarm as murders of transgender women spike in the US   No less than seven transgender women have been murdered in the US in just the first two months of this year, says the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).   The organisation called on lawmakers to address the “epidemic of anti-transgender violence” and for law enforcement officials and members of the media to improve their reporting and coverage of these deaths.   The most recently reported murder was that of 18-year-old Jaquarrius Holland, who was killed in Louisiana with a single gunshot wound to the head.   She was shot on 19 February but only identified as transgender by the media on Tuesday.   The violence follows a reported rise in general hate-based violent crimes and harassment, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   In 2016, at least 22 transgender people were fatally...
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GaySA Radio News 1 March

Nigerian newspaper publishes article condoning mob justice against gay people Spicer hints at coming action on anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ order National Theatre gives Shakespeare a lesbian twist Nigerian newspaper publishes article condoning mob justice against gay people   A Nigerian writer has called for his compatriots to rise up against homosexuals if action is not taken against them by the government.   In an article published by Nigerian NewsDirect, a weekly newspaper, Gafar Abdulmumin, who is Muslim, lashed out at author and Christian minister JSS Hopewell for having “offended Islam, Muslims and the Prophet Mohammed” in his book Jihad.   He also attacked Hopewell for “aiding, abetting [the] homosexuality law with impunity” and for having “encouraged lesbianism [and] homosexuality” by condemning the anti-LGBT legislation signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.   Abdulmumin suggested that HIV is being primarily spread by homosexuals in Nigeria and argued that Hopewell must himself be gay or bisexual if he defends the human rights of LGBT people.   Gay sex is illegal in Nigeria, with penalties...
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GaySA Radio News 27 February

Facebook scraps ‘gay cure’ ads Study confirms gay stereotype in sport George Michael's mansion ‘was used for gay porn’ Facebook scraps ‘gay cure’ ads   Facebook has scrapped an ad deal with evangelical gay ‘cure’ activists who were using the social network’s targeted ad tools to warn LGBT people they face “eternity in hell”.   US-based evangelical group Anchored North, who describe themselves as “next-generation evangelists”, were using Facebook to aggressively target “evil sinners” – including gay people, women considering abortion and atheists –  with online ad campaigns.   The group, which appears to have significant funding for advertising and professional-quality video, has a string of promoted content on Facebook.   The gay ‘cure’ ad has hundreds of negative reactions from LGBT people who were targeted, and a number of people have filed reports to Facebook.   Facebook axed the ads, in a ten-word statement, saying “This ad violates our advertising policies, and has been removed.”   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/24/facebook-axes-gay-cure-ads-threatening-eternity-in-hell/   Study confirms gay stereotype in sport   A new study has revealed stark results for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people...
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