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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GaySA Radio News 6 March

Father who raped his gay daughter jailed for 21 years Actor opens up about 7de Laan gay kiss Great-grandfather comes out as gay at 95 Father who raped his gay daughter jailed for 21 years   A father who raped his gay daughter to prove “sex was better with men” has been jailed for 21 years.   The man is believed to have raped his 16-year-old daughter after exploding with “uncontrolled” anger after she said she was “struggling with her identity”.   The 54-year-old has not been named to protect the victim’s identity and Warwick Crown Court in England heard that two of his daughters have suffered abuse from him across two decades.   The man has been found guilty of three charges of rape, one charge of indecency with a child during the 1980’s and 1990’s and nine charges of indecent assault.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/father-raped-lesbian-daughter-sex-better-with-men-warwick-crown-court-a7612131.html   Actor opens up about 7de Laan gay kiss   Popular Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan caused quite a stir with its decision to broadcast a first-ever gay kiss in one of its latest...
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GaySA Radio News 3 March

Alarm as murders of transgender women spike in the US When We Rise Falls Again in Ratings Christian leader takes issue with Beauty and the Beast Alarm as murders of transgender women spike in the US   No less than seven transgender women have been murdered in the US in just the first two months of this year, says the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).   The organisation called on lawmakers to address the “epidemic of anti-transgender violence” and for law enforcement officials and members of the media to improve their reporting and coverage of these deaths.   The most recently reported murder was that of 18-year-old Jaquarrius Holland, who was killed in Louisiana with a single gunshot wound to the head.   She was shot on 19 February but only identified as transgender by the media on Tuesday.   The violence follows a reported rise in general hate-based violent crimes and harassment, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   In 2016, at least 22 transgender people were fatally...
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GaySA Radio News 1 March

Nigerian newspaper publishes article condoning mob justice against gay people Spicer hints at coming action on anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ order National Theatre gives Shakespeare a lesbian twist Nigerian newspaper publishes article condoning mob justice against gay people   A Nigerian writer has called for his compatriots to rise up against homosexuals if action is not taken against them by the government.   In an article published by Nigerian NewsDirect, a weekly newspaper, Gafar Abdulmumin, who is Muslim, lashed out at author and Christian minister JSS Hopewell for having “offended Islam, Muslims and the Prophet Mohammed” in his book Jihad.   He also attacked Hopewell for “aiding, abetting [the] homosexuality law with impunity” and for having “encouraged lesbianism [and] homosexuality” by condemning the anti-LGBT legislation signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.   Abdulmumin suggested that HIV is being primarily spread by homosexuals in Nigeria and argued that Hopewell must himself be gay or bisexual if he defends the human rights of LGBT people.   Gay sex is illegal in Nigeria, with penalties...
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GaySA Radio News 27 February

Facebook scraps ‘gay cure’ ads Study confirms gay stereotype in sport George Michael's mansion ‘was used for gay porn’ Facebook scraps ‘gay cure’ ads   Facebook has scrapped an ad deal with evangelical gay ‘cure’ activists who were using the social network’s targeted ad tools to warn LGBT people they face “eternity in hell”.   US-based evangelical group Anchored North, who describe themselves as “next-generation evangelists”, were using Facebook to aggressively target “evil sinners” – including gay people, women considering abortion and atheists –  with online ad campaigns.   The group, which appears to have significant funding for advertising and professional-quality video, has a string of promoted content on Facebook.   The gay ‘cure’ ad has hundreds of negative reactions from LGBT people who were targeted, and a number of people have filed reports to Facebook.   Facebook axed the ads, in a ten-word statement, saying “This ad violates our advertising policies, and has been removed.”   http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/02/24/facebook-axes-gay-cure-ads-threatening-eternity-in-hell/   Study confirms gay stereotype in sport   A new study has revealed stark results for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people...
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South Africa: Concerned civil society groups calls on government to address xenophobia

Recognising that South Africa has experienced xenophobic violence on numerous occasions on a scale which has been unprecedented in its democratic history, South Africa needs to recognise and strengthen those policies and laws which will promote tolerance and cater for appropriate sanctions for perpetrators of xenophobia. The last years have seen frequent attacks against refugees and migrants living in South Africa. We are reminded that between 2000 and 2008 close to 67 people died due to what became identified as xenophobic attacks in South Africa.1 In May 2008, 62 people were killed and 600 sustained injuries as a result of xenophobic attacks.2 Twenty-five of those killed were South Africans who were mistakenly believed to be non-nationals. Since 2009, the number of attacks against refugees and migrants in South Africa escalated reaching an average of between two and three attacks annually. In April 2015 at least 5 people died and about 5000 others were displaced when there was an outbreak of...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 24 February

Transgender couples take Home Affairs to court to change sex status Transgender woman allegedly thrown out of Johannesburg shelter Gay-rights advocate challenges Trinidad &Tobago's homosexuality laws     Transgender couples take Home Affairs to court to change sex status   Three transgender women and their spouses have taken the Department of Home Affairs to court to force it to change their sex description, the Legal Resources Centre said on Thursday.   The centre, which is representing the couples, had launched an application in the Western Cape High Court, seeking to compel the department to amend their sex description on the national population register and on their birth certificates, and issue them with new identity numbers.   South Africans can legally change their sexual identity through the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act 49 of 2003.   The centre said the department however argued that the existing civil marriages of the couples, which are heterosexual, precluded the department from amending the sex descriptor as it would amount to recognition of a same-sex...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 23 February

    Openly gay minister of Indian origin could be Ireland’s next PM Women prefer to hire gay and lesbian job applicants Religious Right Blasts Lego Batman for 'Pro-Gay Propaganda' Openly gay minister of Indian origin could be Ireland’s next PM   Leo Varadkar, an openly gay Irish minister of Indian-origin, is being widely tipped as the frontrunner in the race to become Ireland’s next prime minister.   Varadkar is a leader of the Fine Gael political party and the social protection minister.   Born in Dublin, he is the son of a retired Indian doctor and an Irish mother.   Varadkar, a qualified doctor, is in a relationship with Matthew Barrett, also a doctor.   Media reports said the elevation of Varadkar would mark a major social change for Ireland, which was among the last European Union members to decriminalise homosexuality, voting to recognise same-sex marriages in 2015.   If Varadkar becomes prime minister, Ireland will be only the fourth country to have an openly gay head of government, next to Belgium, Iceland and Luxembourg.   http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/openly-gay-minister-of-indian-origin-could-be-ireland-s-next-pm/story-xWbGDzDVBGUtHnVHuHzQsO.html   Women prefer...
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GaySA Radio News 22 February

Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal Mr Gay NZ defends his view that having unprotected sex with HIV can be safe Gay boxer beats man making homophobic comments Italy's anti-discrimination head quits over gay sex scandal   The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office has resigned following revelations that government funds for combating sexual discrimination had been allocated to clubs offering gay prostitution services.   Francesco Spano's resignation late Monday followed a report by popular television show The Hyenas that set off a media storm, claiming the National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR) had been funding "cultural" associations which hosted gay sex parties.   On Tuesday he insisted the funds had been allocated in 2016 but not issued and an immediate stop had been put to the programme.   ANDDOS, the National Association Against Sexual Discrimination, which runs hundreds of gay clubs across Italy, had been set to receive 55,000 euros.   Explicit undercover images broadcast on Sunday showed men using a "dark room", designed for those who want to engage...
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GaySA Radio News 21 February

  Zambian gay rights dispute erupts over football HIV infections down in US but rising for young gay men The ‘father’ of ex-gay ministry dies Zambian gay rights dispute erupts over football   A proposal by Zambian football authorities to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians has kicked off a dispute over homosexuality, which is illegal in the country and widely seen as immoral.   The new draft constitution of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) contains a clause banning discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, in line with regulations from world governing body FIFA.   But Zambian church leaders and senior football figures have attacked the proposal as undermining the country's devout Christian beliefs, which are protected by the national constitution.   Zambia does not implicitly ban homosexual sex, but it outlaws "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature".   http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/zambian-gay-rights-dispute-erupts-over-football-20170220   HIV infections down in US but rising for young gay men   A new report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention presented on Valentine’s Day reveals an 18% fall in the...
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