GaySA Radio News 18 April

Canada calls purported killings of gay men in Chechnya 'reprehensible’ Gay Russian violinist comes out on social media Gay man who outed a trans Survivor contestant has been fired from his job   Canada calls purported killings of gay men in Chechnya 'reprehensible,   Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs called the alleged detention and killings of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya "reprehensible," as LGBT rights groups called on the international community to act.   In a statement released Saturday, Chrystia Freeland called on Russian authorities to investigate the reports and "to immediately ensure the safety of all persons in Chechnya who may be at risk due to their sexual orientation."   The allegations that up to 100 men are being detained prompted a protest outside the Russian embassy in London on Wednesday.   Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that at least three of those men have been killed in secret prisons described as "concentration camps."   It also reported threats from Chechen religious leaders of  "reprisals" for its coverage of the issue.   http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chechnya-gay-men-imprisoned-1.4072349   Gay Russian...
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STEP INTO AN LGBTQ+ WONDERLAND WITH PINK LOERIE 2017

STEP INTO AN LGBTQ+ WONDERLAND WITH PINK LOERIE 2017

  Knysna's forests will be filled with fantastical fairies, bears, princes, princesses, (frogs too), kings and fabulous queens for the Malebooth Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2017, powered by MambaOnline.com and Exonika. From 26 April to 1 May 2017, South Africa's most beautiful town will once again host the annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer), with a storybook line-up of events and celebrations.   "In these times of upheaval, we decided to offer a distraction from reality with a modern fairytale theme," says Pink Loerie's John O’Neil. "Our focus is on the magical diversity of our community and the creativity and colour it has to offer."   Returning this year are two popular features: the Bear Colony Festival (a furry gathering of the 'bear' community at Blackwaters River Lodge) and the Wigstock Festival (an outrageous celebration, through performance, of all things drag).   Other entertainment and cultural events will include the launch of Bruce J. Little’s book Little Poof! Homonolgues,...
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GaySA Radio News 13 April

Kroonstad LGBTQ+ community living in fear after brutal murder Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation Romeo and Juliet recast as gay Premier League footballers   Kroonstad LGBTQ+ community living in fear after brutal murder   The LGBTQ+ community in Kroonstad is said to be living in fear after being allegedly threatened by one of the suspects in the murder of Nonki Smous.   According to activists on the ground, three men have been arrested in connection with the murder, with two subsequently released.   It is believed that one man remains in custody, charged with robbery after being found in possession of items belonging to Smous.   Local LGBTI activist Nthabiseng Mokanyane, who is also a relative of Smous, told Mambaonline that one of the released suspects had allegedly threatened a member of the community.   Mokanyane also claims that there have been other incidents of intimidation of activists by some members of the community.   Last week, a burnt out body, presumed to be the 28-year-old openly lesbian woman, was found in the township...
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GaySA Radio News 12 April

‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men British Vogue hires first gay male editor   ‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing   Idols judge Somizi Mhlongo delivered a stirring speech at a prayer service for Nonki Smous who was killed in an apparent lesbian hate crime.   Mhlongo attended the service in Kroonstad on Sunday.   Mhlongo told the congregation that in her honour we need to say enough is enough and that action needs to be taken.   He said that “you need to visit these streets‚ walk these streets‚ and say‚ ‘I am black. I am gay. I am lesbian’.   The culprits must know that enough is enough. They must feel your anger.”   Mhlongo explained that he was motivated to speak out after hearing how the woman was brutally raped and murdered because she was a lesbian.   http://www.heraldlive.co.za/my-heraldlive/2017/04/11/idols-judge-urges-action-lesbian-killing/   Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men   In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found...
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GaySA Radio News 12 April

  ‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men British Vogue hires first gay male editor   ‘Idols’ judge urges action over lesbian killing   Idols judge Somizi Mhlongo delivered a stirring speech at a prayer service for Nonki Smous who was killed in an apparent lesbian hate crime.   Mhlongo attended the service in Kroonstad on Sunday.   Mhlongo told the congregation that in her honour we need to say enough is enough and that action needs to be taken.   He said that “you need to visit these streets‚ walk these streets‚ and say‚ ‘I am black. I am gay. I am lesbian’.   The culprits must know that enough is enough. They must feel your anger.”   Mhlongo explained that he was motivated to speak out after hearing how the woman was brutally raped and murdered because she was a lesbian.   http://www.heraldlive.co.za/my-heraldlive/2017/04/11/idols-judge-urges-action-lesbian-killing/   Ghana police arrest blackmailers who used Grindr to target gay men   In an unexpected move, police in Ghana have arrested two men who targeted gay men they found...
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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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