GaySA Radio News Monday 27 March

Free State Pride a big success Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case RuPaul hits out at bachelorette parties who go to gay clubs   Free State Pride a big success   Free State Pride took place in Bloemfontein last week, with a week long event culminating in the Pride event that was held on Saturday.   Kem Blank, a pattern maker from Welkom, was crowned as Miss Free State Pride.   Even though there was almost no marketing for the event until last week, members of the LGBTIQ+ community came out in numbers to create visibility around the stigma and discrimination that the community face.   This was the fifth Free State Pride and it is held every year on the Saturday after Human Rights Day.   (Own Reporter)   Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case   Taiwan's constitutional court began hearing a landmark case on Friday that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.   A panel of 14 grand justices will hear a debate over a disputed law that critics say...
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GaySA Radio News Thursday 23 March 2017

New partners join in to support Free State Gay Pride 2017 Malaysia relents over Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ‘gay moment’ Pastor Claims Anointed Cake Stopped A Guy From Being Gay   New partners join in to support Free State Gay Pride 2017   Free State Gay Pride is growing by the year with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Free State department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea) among the supporting organisations for the 2017 event.   They join the University of the Free State, the Treatment Action Campaign and LoveLife, among others, in support of the event, which seeks to promote awareness of human rights in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.   The week-long event started on Tuesday (Human Rights Day) and ends on Saturday 25 March.   An organiser, Thabiso Chaka, says during the week, guests can look forward to LGBTI film screenings, mass dialogues with the community, a gala dinner as well as a march, which...
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GaySA Radio a Finalist in Three Liberty Radio Award Categories

PRESS RELEASE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   GaySA Radio a Finalist in Three Liberty Radio Award Categories   GaySA Radio, the new internet community radio station for the LGBTQ+ community, is a finalist in three categories for the Liberty Radio Awards.   The Liberty Radio Awards take up where the MTN Radio Awards left off. The Awards have enjoyed increasing support from the industry and have seen substantial growth since their inception in 2010. Over 450 presenters, producers, shows and stations have received this prestigious award since 2010.   GaySA Radio started up just over a year ago, and it is a major achievement for this small community station, staffed by unpaid volunteers, to be nominated in no less than three categories so shortly after inception.   The first nomination is for the Breakfast Show Presenter Chris Jordan. Chris, a seasoned radio professional and educator, joined the team at GaySA Radio just after its startup and moved to the Eggs and Sausage Show a few months later. His energetic presenting style, interesting...
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GaySA Radio News Wednesday 22 March

Philippine President Closes the Door on Legalizing Gay Marriage Award-winning former BBC producer appeared in court accused of possessing 1.5 gallons of gay ‘chemsex’ drug YouTube changes restrictions on gay-themed content following outcry   Philippine President Closes the Door on Legalizing Gay Marriage   Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that the country would not support gay marriage during a lengthy speech during the Philippine President's two-day trip to Myanmar, apparently closing the door on a campaign pledge to consider legalizing it.   In an address to Myanmar's Filipino community on Sunday, Duterte warned of attempts to impose Western values on the Philippines.   He said that he has "nothing against gay people," adding that his stance on gay marriage was based on the law.   Duterte's comments are likely to disappoint LGBTQ-rights campaigners who were heartened by his campaign trail promise to "consider" legalizing gay marriage.   http://time.com/4707615/philippines-gay-marriage-duterte/   Award-winning former BBC producer appeared in court accused of possessing 1.5 gallons of gay ‘chemsex’ drug   Award-winning former BBC producer Alexander Parkin appeared in court...
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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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