GaySA Radio News Tuesday 4 April

  Free PrEP now available in Pretoria for gay and bi men Gay couple beaten with heavy bolt cutters, seriously injuring one One in five people under 35 now identifies as being gay As South Africa begins its roll out of PrEP for at-risk populations in the public health sector, the capital has become one of the first cities to offer the service.   TEN81 Center in Hatfield, run by OUT LGBT Well-being, has announced that it now supplies free PrEP to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Tshwane for the first time.   PrEP for MSM can already be sourced for free in Johannesburg and Cape Town, from two Health4Men clinics in Yeoville and Woodstock (see Quick Facts below).   The daily medication, which has been proven to be highly effective in preventing HIV-negative people from getting HIV, will be available from TEN81 from the 3rd of April, 2017.   http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/04/03/free-prep-now-available-pta-gay-bi-men/   Gay couple beaten with heavy bolt cutters, seriously injuring one   A gay couple in the Netherlands were attacked by...
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It’s finally here! Free PrEP for men who have sex with men available in PTA

In a first for Pretoria, OUT's TEN81 Center in Hatfield is proud to announce that it now offers free PrEP for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).   The daily medication, which has been proven to be highly effective in preventing HIV-negative people from getting HIV, will be available from the 3rd of April, 2017. The groundbreaking use of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prohylaxis) by MSM and other at risk groups has been approved by South Africa's Department of Health and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation.   "PrEP is a game-changer for MSM," says Johan Meyer, Health Manager at TEN81. "It offers a powerful new tool in the arsenal against the spread of HIV. We especially urge all gay, bi and other MSM who are active on the dating scene, may have multiple partners or choose to have riskier sex to consider using this service."   He adds: "For many gay, bi and MSM internationally, using PrEP has become like taking their...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 3 April

Chechen police apparently round up more than 100 suspected gay men Singer in SF Gay Men’s Chorus dies on stage Creator of gay rights rainbow flag dies   Chechen police apparently rounds up more than 100 suspected gay men   Authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have launched an anti-gay campaign that has led to authorities rounding up dozens of men suspected of being homosexual, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights activists.   The newspaper claimed that more than 100 people had been detained and three men killed in the roundup.   It claimed that among those detained were well-known local television personalities and religious figures.   A spokesman for the region’s interior ministry told the Russian newspaper RBC that the report was “an April fool’s joke”.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/02/chechen-police-rounded-up-100-gay-men-report-russian-newspaper-chechnya   Singer in SF Gay Men’s Chorus dies on stage   A member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus died on stage during intermission of a performance Friday night.   Ryan Nunez, 39, was performing, “Paradise Found,” at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco when he collapsed on...
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GaySA Radio News 31 March 2017

North Carolina lawmakers set to vote on 'bathroom bill' repeal World War 2 hero comes out as transgender at the age of 90 Transgender Inmates in California May Get Gender-Specific Products   North Carolina lawmakers set to vote on 'bathroom bill' repeal   North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.   Republican leaders announced the new legislation would be debated and voted on yesterday but it was unclear whether there were enough House and Senate votes to pass it.   Cooper, who ran successfully last fall on a platform that included repealing House Bill 2, said in a release that he supported the compromise.   Leaders of gay rights groups were incensed about the anticipated proposal that would “would continue to actively discriminate against the LGBT community” and vowed political punishment for elected officials who support it.   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/30/north-carolina-lawmakers-set-to-vote-on-bathroom-bill-repeal-gay-rights-advocates-slam-deal.html   World War 2 hero comes out as transgender...
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GaySA Radio News 29 March

Indiana man pleads not guilty for taking weapons to Indiana Pride Gay community left out of Pulse remembrance announcement Snickers and Gay Star News tell LGBT community to 'be who you are'   An Indiana man who told police he was headed to a gay pride event in California and was found with a loaded assault rifle and chemicals mixed and ready to explode in his car has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges.   James Wesley Howell, of Charlestown, Indiana, was also charged Tuesday with possessing a destructive device. His attorney declined to comment.   Authorities say Howell was stopped in Santa Monica in July with a loaded AR-15 rifle and magazines rigged to allow shots to be fired in quick succession.   They say he also had 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode. Howell said he was going to a gay pride event in West Hollywood.   Howell was arrested the same day 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/midwest/ct-indiana-man-gay-pride-plea-20170328-story.html   Gay community left out of Pulse...
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GaySA Radio News 28 March

Man accused of using gay dating app Grindr to plan abduction and sexual assault of children Kids author tells Christian group 'a book doesn't make you gay' Camp goldfish cleared of vilifying the gay community   A New Zealnd man has been accused of using gay dating app Grindr to send messages encouraging another person to abduct an underage boy with him for sex.   Michael John Kight, aged 24, appeared in the Wellington District Court last week on a number of charges, including inciting a person to abduct young males for sex, possessing child porn, and possessing short stories graphically detailing sexual abuse against children.   Kight is also accused of sending naked photos and sexual messages to a fictitious person, who he believed was a person under 16.   Another charge alleges Kight distributed child porn to three email recipients.   He was remanded without plea to April 7.   http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11826376     Kids author tells Christian group 'a book doesn't make you gay'     A children's author in the US has hit back at a Christian...
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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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