GaySA Radio News Friday 17 February

Lesbian activist bashed with a cricket bat in Pretoria Victory as Church of England rejects homophobic bishop’s report Conchita Wurst announces retirement Lesbian activist bashed with a cricket bat in Pretoria   A 24-year-old Lesbian activist from Pretoria who has dedicated herself to combating the stigma of HIV and the scourge of hate crimes, was attacked by a group of men wielding a cricket bat in Pretoria.   On Saturday 28 January, she was returning to her Sunnyside flat from a night out and when she reached the gate of the apartment complex, the men struck.   The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her from further victimization, was saved by the caretaker of the flat complex.   She sustained several injuries including having most of her teeth knocked out.   According to OUT LGBT Well-being’s report, Hate Crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in South Africa, 2016, more than half (55%) of LGBT South Africans fear they will experience discrimination or violence due to their sexual orientation...
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GaySA Radio News 16 February

Relief as Gambia’s new president says homosexuality “not an issue”   Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys & other celebs denounce Texas anti-trans bills   People Are Sending Rainbows To The Political Candidate Who Said LGBT People Use Nazi Mind Control Techniques   Relief as Gambia’s new president says homosexuality “not an issue”   In the wake of former President Jammeh’s virulently homophobic rule, Gambia’s new leader appears far less concerned about the so-called “threat” of homosexuality.   This week, President Adama Barrow spoke for the first time on the issue of LGBT rights, saying that homosexuality is not an issue in Gambia.   He is also reported to have pointed out that the country has far more pressing issues to focus on, such as the economy.   Barrow was voted into office late last year, unseating Jammeh, who only recently gave up power and went into exile after protracted negotiations and the threat of military action by neighbouring countries.   http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/02/15/relief-gambias-new-president-says-homosexuality-issue/   Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys & other celebs denounce Texas anti-trans bills   A host of...
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GaySA Radio News Wednesday 15 February

Trump Keeps Obama’s Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department Malaysian government openly endorses gay conversion therapy ‘Racist’ Gay Porn Star with Nazi Tattoos Arrested in Texas Meth Raid Trump Keeps Obama’s Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department   The Trump administration has decided to keep President Barack Obama’s top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department in defiance of evangelical groups who called for his immediate expulsion.   Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, is continuing “in his role under the current administration,” a State Department spokesperson said on Monday.   The move marks the latest surprise decision by President Donald Trump on gay rights as he juggles the agenda of his staunchly conservative cabinet and top aides, and his cosmopolitan, New York-bred daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.   Berry, an openly gay career Foreign Service officer whom conservative groups have derided as Obama’s “top gay activist,” became the first person to hold the position in February 2015.   Berry repeatedly stressed that his...
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GaySA Radio News Tuesday 14 February

Croatian Officials and Activists Condemn LGBT Party Attack Teenage lesbian couple say they were forced to leave McDonald’s 'Too gay' singer claps back with heartbreaking video Croatian Officials and Activists Condemn LGBT Party Attack LGBT rights group Zagreb Pride organised a protest entitled 'Love Is and Remains Stronger than Hate' on Monday in Zagreb, after tear gas was set off at a nightclub in the capital during a LGBT party in the early hours of Sunday - an attack that was strongly condemned by Croatian officials. The rally was intended to raise awareness about violence against LGBT people and to encourage the public to reject it. The attack in the club left clubbers scrambling to leave the building and some were hurt, either in the stampede that ensued or when they broke glass in the windows to escape. Several people were treated for cuts to their hands. Zagreb Pride condemned the attack and demanded that the police “carry out a fast and effective investigation and identify and bring...
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GaySA Radio News Monday 13 February

Church is driving gay people to suicide Football fans who scream anti-gay abuse could be banned Mumbai man finally wins Mr Gay India crown   Church is driving gay people to suicide   The Church is driving homosexual people to suicide because of its negative and discriminatory attitude towards same-sex relationships, a major Christian charity has concluded.   A report by Oasis in the UK warned that churches must take a ‘disproportionate share of the blame’ for the mental health issues of people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.   The charity found that every denomination of the Christian church in Britain, except for the United Reformed Church, held positions which actively discriminate against people with same-sex partners.   The research was released in part to respond to the report from the House of Bishops which restated the Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage and will be discussed at the General Synod meeting next week.   The charity called for the Church of England to fund more research into the issue and also give...
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The Red Carpet Treatment

The Red Carpet Treatment – by Justin Jacobs Last week, Gay SA Radio was lucky enough to be invited to attend a pre-screening of a very special Oscar nominated film. The premiere took place on Thursday, 2 February at the Ster-Kinekor head office in their prestigious “The Deck” cinema where my husband and I hobnobbed with celebs and SA’s movers and shakers in true Oscar style. The premier, which has received a whopping eight Oscar nominations this year, is a gay love story unlike one we have seen in a long while. Moonlight, tells the story of a black man living in the hood with all of its negative social influences. Growing up surrounded by drugs and gangs our main protagonist has to develop a tough exterior. But on the inside this discreet brute is in love with a boy he grew up with. We are all very familiar with the typical gay love story that takes place in the glossy atmosphere of...
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GaySA Radio News Thursday 9 February

Gay student kicked out of Durban college Mayor says gays and Muslims not welcome in his village Lady Gaga to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race Gay student kicked out of Durban college   A 20-year-old student has been expelled from Coastal College in Umlazi because he is gay.   Bheka Khanyile says his teacher told him on Monday she could not teach a gay student.   He said he had been a victim of the teacher’s mockery since last year and had been mocked for braiding his hair and wearing make-up.   College spokesperson Sne Zuma said the college was not hostile to gay students.   College principal Sibhanana Ndlovu condemned the incident, saying the college is doing an internal investigation and the lecturer in question will be disciplined.   He said that they will also ensure that the learner gets all the support he needs.   http://www.mambaonline.com/2017/02/08/gay-student-kicked-durban-college/   Mayor says gays and Muslims not welcome in his village   The mayor of a Hungarian village doesn’t want gay people or Muslims to move into the area, even though the village...
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