GaySA Radio News Friday 5 May

South Korea must end gay soldier 'witch-hunt' Florida gay nightclub to become memorial to shooting victims Ukrainian Anti-Gay Right Stirs Flap Over Eurovision 'Diversity' Rainbow   South Korea must end gay soldier 'witch-hunt'   Human rights campaigners have called on South Korea’s military to end its “witch-hunt” against gay servicemen, after an investigation into dozens of men prompted debate among presidential candidates over the country’s poor record on LGBT rights.   The investigation began after a video appearing to show a soldier and an officer, both men, having sex was circulated on social media earlier this year.   Military investigators are alleged to have confiscated mobile phones from as many as 50 soldiers suspected of being gay, and pressured them to identify gay colleagues on their contact lists and dating apps, according to the Military Human Rights Centre for Korea.   Last week, the man widely expected to become South Korea’s next president, Moon Jae-in, angered the country’s LGBT community when he said he opposed homosexuality.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/04/south-korea-must-end-gay-soldier-witch-hunt-campaigners-say   Florida gay nightclub to become memorial to shooting...
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Minutes of Pretoria Pride Meeting 3 May 2017

Pretoria Pride meeting Wednesday 3 May 19h00   GaySA Radio Office, Villieria   MINUTES   Bruce welcomed all to the first meeting for Pretoria Pride 2017. The agenda is open for discussion, groundwork has been done. Pride has to start funding itself, last year made an R 11,000 profit, audited accounts will be ready soon. Projected budget was presented. One sponsor for R 38,000 is secure. JOC has been filed and Metro Police has been organized. All forms submitted. Motorcyclists have said they will assist again this year. Looking for more floats this year, the theme should be useful for it. Looking for a printing sponsor. Need to find a way to fund the event. Must have return on investment for sponsors. Need to have a build-up to the event that will generate money. Colour fest, Mr/Ms Pride. There was some talk about the pageant, as it could be a premier event. The event must be rebranded so people can dress and come for...
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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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