GaySA Radio news 27 June

Turkish police break up Istanbul gay pride Chicago gay pride parade expels Star of David flags Sesame Street celebrates LGBT during Gay Pride Month   Turkish police have stopped an attempt by gay pride activists to hold a parade in Istanbul in defiance of an official ban from the local authorities.   Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists in the country’s largest city, a day after the city governor’s office banned the march citing safety and public order concerns.   Small groups gathered at Taksim Square but witnesses said a heavy police presence outnumbered the activists, and at least four people were detained.   It is the third successive year that the march has been banned, and organisers denounced the move.   It was one of the biggest LGBT events in the mainly Muslim region, and the 2014 Gay Pride parade in Istanbul drew tens of thousands of people.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/25/turkish-police-break-up-gay-pride-protest-in-istanbul   Chicago gay pride parade expels Star of David flags   Organisers of an LGBT-rights festival in Chicago are being accused...
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Pink Loerie starts preening feathers for 2018

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is fluffing out its tail feathers as it returns to Knysna in 2018 with a new committee and an expanded program. In the wake of the Knysna Fires (blamed by some on gay weddings, nogal!) the annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival has announced its return to Knysna in 2018. After recently making a generous donation to the town and its residents in the wake of the devastating fires, the people of the Pink Loerie will again host this long running event and continue its support of Knysna and all its people. The dates for 2018 have been moved to make it possible for more people to attend. From Thursday 24 May to Sunday 27 May, Knysna will once again take out its pink hats and feather boas to celebrate diversity. We will be announcing the exciting new theme for 2018 in November this year. Next year’s festival will feature the ever-popular Queens...
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GaySA Radio News 15 June

Colton Haynes delayed coming out as gay after being told he wouldn't get roles in Hollywood Gay flag set on fire at Ukraine gay parade The KKK disrupted an Alabama Pride march   Colton Haynes delayed coming out as gay after being told he wouldn't get roles in Hollywood The 28-year-old former "Arrow" star revealed in a SiriusXM interview with Andy Cohen that he delayed publicly coming out as gay for years because he was advised it would ruin his budding career as an actor. The former male model officially came out as gay in May 2016 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Though he's now happily engaged to celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham, he revealed in 2016 to Out magazine that accepting his sexuality took some time — and heartache. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/colton-haynes-told-wouldn-gay-actor-article-1.3244099 Meanwhile Gay flag set on fire at Ukraine gay parade Security forces physically stood between gay marchers in the Gay Pride Parade in Kiev, Ukraine and demonstrators against the parade. There were no reports of injuries but the gay...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 9 June

Germany grants refuge to gay man from Russian Muslim province Malaysia drops gay 'prevention' category from video competition Wide support for gay marriage as Israel celebrates pride   Germany grants refuge to gay man from Russian Muslim province   Germany has granted a humanitarian visa to a gay man from Russia's Chechnya region and is considering four more requests, the foreign ministry said Thursday.   Authorities in the North Caucasus region have been jailing and torturing homosexual men, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported in March.   It said that over 100 gays had been arrested in the Muslim-majority region and that their families had been told to kill them to "cleanse their honour".   The German foreign ministry said that, in the case of one gay man, "a visa was issued and the person was able to come to Germany on June 6," while four more cases were under consideration.   German Chancellor Angela Merkel in early May urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to investigate the reports of an anti-gay purge and to ensure...
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The FROG Prince SA gives back

On 23 and 24 June 2017, The Meeks Productions will be bringing The FROG Prince SA to the Unisa Little Theatre in Pretoria. The MEEKS originally started 20 years ago, by Musical Director Johan Kleynhans, have more than 200 members and originated in Polokwane. The FROG Prince SA tells the story of Love, deceit, friendship and a rhino horn scandal and follows the life of Prince Alexander the 3rd, through the eyes of Dhora Tonteldoos the evil witch. A Horrid curse was placed on Prince Alexander shortly before his birth which sadly caused him to be half man, half Frog. During his journey of self-discovery he meets and befriends some colorful characters who help him survive. The show boasts incredible musical performances from an incredible ensemble of cast that would melt even the coldest heart. Emanuel Pietersen, well known stage and screen performer and also 2016 South African Bachelor of the year gives a stellar performance in dual roles as both...
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Celebrate Fathers’ Day at the NIROX Sculpture Park on the 18th of June 2017

They have the ability to silence a room with one single note, one single movement of their wrist, one single prolonged sound – they are the GUITAR GIANTS of South Africa.   acousticsNOW together with the NIROX Foundation, CALEO Wealth Management and MINI present the fourth installment of the GUITAR GIANTS Festival at the NIROX Sculpture Park on Sunday, the 18th of June 2017 (Father’s Day).   Be blown away by the extreme talent that these carefully selected musicians bestow upon you, surrounded by the beauty of the NIROX Sculpture Park, with over 60 outdoor sculptures on display by local and international artists.   Featuring original compositions from guitarists like Tananas featuring Lu Dlamini, Steve Newman, Greg Georgiades, Sibusile Xaba, Lerato Lichaba, Dave Baudains & Matthew Dickinson.   There will be a fully stocked bar offering a delicious selection of drinks – including Glühwein – to refresh and hydrate as music lovers explore the landscape of Nature and Art.   Cuisine on offer will be courtesy of the Epicurean Emporium...
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GaySA Radio signs media partnership agreement with Mr. Gay World Southern Africa

You can now get the latest news about Mr. Gay World Southern Africa from its official LGBTQ+ internet radio media partner, GaySA Radio. Mr. Gay World Southern Africa is the local chapter of Mr. Gay World that was recently hosted in Spain. Local entrant AleXander Steyn finished fifth overall in this year’s event. Entries are currently open for delegates from Southern Africa to participate in Mr. Gay World Southern Africa 2017 and the grand finale is slated for 23 September in the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. The overall winner will represent Southern Africa at the 2018 Mr. Gay World. GaySA Radio has announced that it is an official media partner for the local event and you will be able to stay up to date with all the developments through GaySA Radio’s various streams. GaySA Radio will provide extensive coverage of the event, as well as marketing and advertising campaigns leading up to the final in September. GaySA Radio’s Station Manager, Hendrik Baird, said: “We...
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GaySA Radio News Thursday 8 June

SANDF called in to fight Knysna fire as thousand evacuated Cape Town authorities to begin mop up operations following severe storm Snow in western parts of SA and cold front in Gauteng welcomes winter   SANDF called in to fight Knysna fire as thousand evacuated   Up to 10,000 people have been evacuated from Knysna as a result of runaway fires in the area.   Evacuations have been carried out in several areas including Brenton, Belvedere and Knysna Heights.   Three people have died as a result of the blaze.   Officials have described the Knysna fire as the largest and most destructive fire in a built-up area in recent years.   The SANDF has been roped in to the area on Thursday morning to assist in quelling the fire.   http://ewn.co.za/2017/06/08/thousands-evacuated-as-knysna-fire-runs-wild   Cape Town authorities to begin mop up operations following severe storm   Authorities will begin mop-up operations on Thursday following a severe storm across the peninsula.   Five people died as a result of the storm and more than 2,000 people have been displaced.   Heavy rain and gale force winds had...
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HELP US TO HELP KNYSNA NOW!

STATE OF EMERGENCY: Pink Loerie Knysna Relief Drive   Huge sections of Knysna have burned to the ground. Entire homes, guest houses, schools and municipal buildings, many people (including children and the elderly) have been evacuated, but not everyone has been accounted for yet. Hundreds are misplaced and many have lost all their belongings in the fire. Knysna continues to burn at the time of this press release!   YOU CAN HELP!   You can donate any amount to the Pink Loerie Knysna Relief Fund Account (details below) to assist with disaster relief efforts in this fire-stricken coastal town loved by so many.   As the home of the Pink Loerie, the LGBTQ+ community is heartbroken about what is happening in our favourite town. We want to show that Knysna means more to us than just a place to have fun and parade every year.  We have had so many good times there and now need to lend a hand during these hard times. The people of Knysna...
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GaySA Radio Wednesday 7 June

Malta’s Prime Minister Promises to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage   A hospital in Egypt takes gay tourist off life support and won’t return his body   Many Swiss gay men using PrEP without doctor support     Malta’s Prime Minister Promises to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage   Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat won a second term in office after calling a snap parliamentary election last month to counter allegations of corruption against his wife and some of his political allies.   Muscat's Labour Party won 55 percent of votes in Saturday's election, handing it an absolute majority in the 65-seat parliament, according to political sources on both sides involved in the vote tally.   Muscat has promised to cut taxes and raise pensions, tackle traffic congestion, and legalize gay marriage.   The 43-year-old Muscat will be sworn in on Monday, after which he will begin forming his new government that will have a five-year mandate.   http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/malta-s-prime-minister-promises-legalize-same-sex-marriage-n768231   A hospital in Egypt takes gay tourist off life support and won’t return his body   A grieving family is fighting to get her son’s body after he died...
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