ACTIVIST EXPLORES INNOVATIVE WAYS FOR LGBTI HEALTHCARE RIGHTS ADVOCACY

“I have had to fight a lot of battles as a HIV positive, black and gender non-conforming queer body in South Africa, such as limited access to healthcare, stigma and discrimination,” says thirty-year-old non-binary LGBTI and HIV/AIDS activist, Nkokheli Mankayi. It is through those battles that Mankayi constantly implements new strategies to advocate for equal healthcare rights for all, consequently establishing a movement for sexual and gender minorities that are side-lined. Mankayi recently convened a dialogue to discuss possible ways for the liberation of transgender and gender diverse persons in South Africa. The panel of speakers consisted of Mary Hames from Gender Equity, Leigh Davids of SistaazHood SWEAT, Trauma Practioner from TRE for Africa Claire Gemmil, Whitney Quanita Booysen of the Trans Wellness Project as well as Zachary Akani Shimange from Gender Dynamix. The interactive dialogue also looked at the impact of colonisation on access to healthcare and ideas for new tools to work in improving healthcare for all queer persons...
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25th edition of SA’s ICON comic and games convention

Johannesburg, 24 May 2017 - Bigger and better than ever before, with growing international status, the 25th edition of the ICON Comic and Games Convention (ICON CGC), Home of the Super-Hero, returns to Johannesburg’s Gallagher Convention Centre from the 16th-18th June 2017 over the Youth Day Long Weekend. It is South Africa’s longest running and largest pop culture event - the destination for leading gaming and pop culture experts and anyone looking to celebrate their fantasy world while being immersed in a compelling and exciting storyline. This celebration of gaming, story-telling, role-playing and tech positions ICON CGC as the ideal introduction to gaming for people of all ages and interests. SA’s most important gathering of geeks, it is seen by industry insiders as being on a par with the best hobby gaming conventions in the world. There is a geek in all of us. Geeks set the stage for incredible story-telling, and thanks to this, we’re witness to it in mainstream life. Countless big budget sci-fi and...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 26 May

Indonesian caning of gay men strains Australian relationship Ex-tennis great boycotts Qantas over gay marriage Gay adult film actor comes out as HIV positive   Indonesian caning of gay men strains Australian relationship An Australian Member of Parliament says the “cruel and sickening” caning of two gay men in Aceh has cast a cloud over Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. The gay backbencher Trent Zimmerman told parliament on Tuesday that Australia should not stand by and ignore the inhumane treatment of the men who were caned 85 times under sharia law for having consensual sex. He was grateful the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, had raised the matter with her Indonesian counterparts but called on others, including the Muslim community in Australia, to take a stand. The crossbench senator Derryn Hinch has called for Australia to suspend its foreign aid to Indonesia over the matter. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/25/indonesian-caning-of-gay-men-strains-australian-relationship-says-liberal-mp   Ex-tennis great boycotts Qantas over gay marriage Australian tennis great Margaret Court on Thursday announced she will stop flying Qantas "where possible" in protest of the airline's support of same-sex marriage. The 24-time Grand Slam champion, now a...
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GaySA Radio News Wednesday 24 May

Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families to gather this week Police say raid on alleged gay sex party not related to LGBT issues South Korean soldier convicted in military gay witch-hunt   Each year, anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families holds a major annual summit, in addition to smaller regional gatherings.   The summit often attracts around three thousand people, and it’s held in major cities around the world.   This year, the eleventh annual gathering is slated for May 25 through 28 (with WCF events scheduled May 26 and 27) for Budapest, Hungary with the theme “Building Family-Friendly Nations: Making Families Strong Again,” and already the speakers’ list is shaping up as a who’s who on the anti-LGBT and anti-choice Christian Right.   The group has deep ties to Russia and may have played a role in the passage of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.   Last year, WCF met in Tbilisi, Georgia, where speakers engaged in conspiracy theories about abortion, “cultural Marxism” and “gender ideology” and linked LGBT people to pedophilia.   Eastern Europe has become a flashpoint in the battles...
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Gay Flag Project to raise funds for LGBTQ+ Visibility

AFRICAN LGBTQ+ NEED YOUR HELP In most of Africa it is illegal to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer+. In some countries you could face long prison sentences or even the death penalty just for who you are. South Africa is the shining example for furthering LGBTQ+ rights on the African continent. In South Africa, gay rights are enshrined in the Constitution and same sex marriage is legal. But even here the community suffers on a daily basis. Lesbian identifying women are raped and killed, young gay men are beaten and killed, churches continue to spread virulent homophobic messages, while politicians largely ignore our plight. But there is light in the tunnel. And you can help shine that light bright so that it reaches the end of the tunnel! GaySA Radio is Africa’s only online LGBTQ+ radio station, broadcasting on http://gaysaradio.ndstream.net. Pretoria LGBTQ+ Pride is Africa’s largest Pride event, hosted this year on 7 October. Having joined forces, these two are a powerhouse in...
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GaySA Radio News Tuesday 23 May

Nineteen people dead in a suspected terror attack at a pop concert in the British city of Manchester 140 men arrested at “gay sauna” party in Indonesia Man on PrEP tests positive for HIV in Australia GaySA Radio asks you to put your money where my mouth is   Nineteen people dead in a suspected terror attack at a pop concert in the British city of Manchester   Nineteen people died in a suspected terror attack at an Ariane Grande pop concert in the British city of Manchester late Monday evening.   British Transport Police said the blast occurred at "within the foyer area of the stadium" and the venue said it was "outside the venue in a public space".   The arena foyer connects the 21,000-capacity auditorium with Victoria train and tram station, a major hub on the northern edge of the city centre.   Eyewitnesses described a "huge bomb-like bang" and scenes of panic as young fans rushed out and parents waiting outside looked for their children.   Police said the...
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GaySA Radio news Monday 22 May

Iconic Dublin gay bar vandalized with swastikas, homophobic slurs Nevada bans therapists from trying to talk kids out of being gay 1,000 in Romanian gay pride march amid moves to limit rights   Iconic Dublin gay bar vandalized with swastikas, homophobic slurs   The George, Dublin’s most famous gay bar, was vandalized with swastikas and anti-gay graffiti late on Friday night.   Saturday morning the bar was found defaced with homophobic slurs such as “queer,” “faggots,” and “fag bar.”   According to George manager Darragh Flynn, the male culprit was caught on the bar’s CCTV footage.   He added that while multiple cars drove by while the vandalism was occurring, no one stopped to intervene.   The incident puts a damper on a weekend filled with events celebrating the two-year anniversary of Ireland’s popular referendum that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.   It’s the first homophobic vandalism at the bar since that referendum passed.   http://www.newnownext.com/dublin-gay-bar-the-george-vandalized/05/2017/   Nevada bans therapists from trying to talk kids out of being gay   Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation last Wednesday making it illegal for licensed therapists in Nevada...
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Orphans need your urgent support

The Jakaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes are 2 non-profit organizations (NPO) that look after the welfare of 350 abused children in Thalita Kumi str. East Lynn Pretoria, South Africa. These children are removed from their parents and placed in our care by the South African children’s court due to: abandonment, neglect, emotional and physical abuse. Their primary purpose is to provide the children with clothing, housing, schooling, food, security and stability. In addition, they aim to provide the children with the necessary therapy, life skills and emotional support that they need to become responsible adults and curb the cycle of abuse. Jakaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes, are currently experiencing an extreme financial and food crisis. With lack of Governmental support, these Children’s Home are in dire need of the community’s support. Numerous residents of Nelspruit, in support with Local Artists such as John-William (young male who grew up in Jakaranda Children’s Home) and Local Companies decided to take charge by organizing...
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GaySA Radio News Friday 19 May

ISIS twitter accounts have been hacked with gay porn again Gay men are being called out for their ‘privilege’ and ‘prestige’ Lebanon Launches Arab World's First Gay Pride Week     ISIS twitter accounts have been hacked with gay porn again   Once again, Anonymous hackers have targeted ISIS on Twitter and inundated their accounts with gay pornography...bears, leather daddies, muscle jocks, twinks—the works.   One Anonymous member, "WachulaGhost," previously told CNN the hacks were due to the Islamic State's draconian stance on gays and the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando.   Gay porn wouldn't necessarily be off-brand for ISIS. As disgruntled former ISIS members have said before, the Islamic State is ridden with a secret love of Western Culture and, yes, even furtive gay sex. So come out of the closet, ISIS terrorists, it's time to be out and proud.   http://www.maxim.com/news/isis-gay-porn-twitter-2017-5   Gay men are being called out for their ‘privilege’ and ‘prestige’   Gay men enjoy more privilege in social settings than their straight counterparts, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.   The study’s author, Max Morris of...
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GaySA Radio News Thursday 18 May

Chechnya accused of 'genocide' against gay people in complaint to International Criminal Court Chelsea Manning freed from military prison American Gods features Muslim characters in explicit gay sex scene   Chechnya accused of 'genocide' against gay people in complaint to International Criminal Court   Chechnya has been accused of carrying out a genocide against gay people in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court.   Three French gay rights groups blamed the Russian republic's leader Ramzan Kadyrov and state officials for a "wave of persecution".   Russian President Vladimir Putin backed a report into the inquiry after German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked him to investigate.   Last week, five activists were detained as they tried to deliver a petition to prosecutors in Moscow.   The police said they had been arrested because their actions amounted to an unsanctioned protest.   Chelsea Manning freed from military prison   US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks.   A US Army spokesperson confirmed to the BBC...
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