All systems go for Pretoria Pride 2017

  Preparations are well underway for Africa’s biggest Pride, which will be held in Pretoria on Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Centurion Rugby Club. The theme for this year is “Carnaval” and it is expected that this theme will inspire everybody to dress extravagantly so as to take over the streets of the city. Pretoria Tswhane Pride has been registered as a non-profit company and since it does not have any cash sponsors, it will need to raise around a quarter of a million rand to host the event. The bar services contribute towards a portion of the costs, and this year there will be a R20 donation to enter the Pride grounds, while tickets to the exclusive Clubhouse area will be R 100. The parade through the streets is free for all to attend. This year Pretoria Pride will be extended from 9h00 until 21h00, and the organisers are planning to have some big name artists on the programme. Last year...
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GaySA Radio News Thursday 4 May 2017

Protests called against Trump anti-LGBT Executive Order on Religious Freedoms Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Back On Gay rugby star hits out at critics of his ‘SilverDaddies’ marriage   Protests called against Trump anti-LGBT Executive Order on Religious Freedoms   In Los Angeles, Equality California and other civil rights and activist groups are set to protest after it has been announced that Donald Trump will sign the long awaited Religious Freedoms executive order.   Activists are urging the LGBT community and allies to gather in protest on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall at 6 PM on the same day Trump signs the order.   A similar executive order had been feared earlier this year when, days after his inauguration, activist concern sparked LGBT protests around the country, including in Los Angeles on February 2.   That executive order was never officially confirmed, but according to reports a revised version of that order is about to be signed.   http://www.losangelesblade.com/2017/05/03/protests-called-trump-anti-lgbt-executive-order-religious-freedoms/   Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Back On   Just half-a-year after...
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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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GaySA Radio News 25 April

Pink Loerie Festival about to kick off Miss Gay Jozi is looking for a new queen World Champion Pole Vaulter Comes Out As Gay   Pink Loerie Festival about to kick off   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.   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, the Mr and Miss Mardi Gras pageants, a couture fashion show by acclaimed designer Peter...
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It’s a Festival of Colours for Miss Gay Jozi 2017

Gauteng’s most prestigious drag event returns on Saturday, 27 May to crown Miss Gay Jozi 2017 with a show-stopping celebration of beauty, spectacle and LGBT culture and identity. Marking half a decade of wowing audiences and empowering contestants, Miss Gay Jozi this year goes back to where it was launched in 2013: Club Simply Blue; one of the city’s longest running LGBT nightclubs. The larger and newly revamped venue offers an informal, comfortable and stylish space for the pageant, which once again promises to deliver a show of note. The performance line-up includes the young and sexy Roaun Justin Powell; the dynamic Sjarmante Diamante; Labelz D’Glamore, the diva who delivers; Miss Gay Jozi 2015, Ycer; S.A.T. Divas; and the inimitable Dame Zsa-Zsa, who will also be the hostess for the evening. “The Miss Gay Jozi pageant encourages the community to be proud and accepting of who we are,” says Pageant Director Dino Abrahams. “The event also greatly boosts each contestant’s sense of self-belief and...
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GaySA Radio News 24 April

Lesbians brutally beaten by gang of fifteen men Hacker who targeted ISIS with gay nudes subjected to beheading threats YouTube tech error censored ‘hundreds of thousands’ of LGBT videos   Lesbians brutally beaten by gang of fifteen men   A report from Britain says that a group of five lesbians were set upon by more than 15 men in a homophobic beating which left some missing teeth.   One woman said she feared she would die from the attack, another lost seven front teeth from a single punch and a third had a fit after she was left bleeding.   The five women now say they want to bring their attackers to justice.   Three men from London were arrested, say Hampshire police, on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/04/23/fifteen-men-brutal-attack-lesbians/   Hacker who targeted ISIS with gay nudes subjected to beheading threats   A hacker who took over the social media accounts of various pro-ISIS groups has described how he has received threats of beheading.   WachulaGhost began targeting the accounts since a shooting took place at the Orlando Pulse nightclub in...
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Leo Who? Let it be (a lesson in music)

When I told all and sundry that I was going to watch a concert by Leo Sayer, the usual question was Leo who? A star of the seventies and early eighties with songs like You make me feel like dancing and Orchard Road, Mr Sayer disappeared off the radar and the older generation fans all but forgot about him, while a new generation never even heard of him. Well, last night Mr Leo Sayer made a triumphant return to the Teatro stage at Montecasino and gave us a lesson in music. This rocking geriatric (he's 69 years old) pulled out all the stops and from the moment this diminutive figure walked onto the stage, he had the audience in the palm of his hand. What a welcome return it was. With his One man band, formed mostly by South African musicians, including his musical director from Australia, he took the packed Teatro on an energy filled tour of hits old and new. From the first notes,...
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