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South African politician assaults woman because she said he was gay

South African politician assaults woman because she said he was gay

South Africa’s Deputy Education Minister has issued an apology after admitting he assaulted a woman in a nightclub. Mduduzi Manana has admitted that he slapped a woman in the face after she called him “gay”. The assault took place after an argument broke out in a Johannesburg nightclub. The MP has apologised for his actions […]

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Anti-LGBTIQ pastor from US banned from South Africa

Anti-LGBTIQ pastor from US banned from South Africa

Baptist Pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from entering South Africa ahead of scheduled tour of sermons. The Arizona pastor has made headlines in the USA and across the world for speaking aggressively against the queer community, calling for the death of all homosexuals and praising the horrific mass murder at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. […]

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‘While You Weren’t Looking’ is a celebration of diversity

‘While You Weren’t Looking’ is a celebration of diversity

While You Weren’t Looking Directed by Catherine Steward While Australian is still thinking about making marriage available for all people regardless of sex, South Africa is celebrating its first decade of equality. Set in Cape Town, we meet mixed race lesbian couple Terri (Perronella Tshuma) and Dez (Camilla Waldman) who have been together for twenty […]

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‘Wicked’ composer boycotts North Carolina

‘Wicked’ composer boycotts North Carolina

The Wizard of Oz’s spiritual companion musical ‘Wicked’ will no longer be performed in North Carolina as composer Stephen Schwartz moves to boycott the state over new anti-LGBT laws. The new law signed by Governor Pat McCrory allows for LGBTIQ people to be fired, refused service or evicted on the basis of their sexual orientation, […]

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Lesbian woman brutally raped and murdered in South Africa

Lesbian woman brutally raped and murdered in South Africa

A young South African woman who went missing in December and was discovered murdered may have been the victim of a hate crime due to her sexuality. South African media have reported that the crime was particularly horrific. Motshidisi Pascalina’s body was found near her home in Evaton North, Gauteng in late December. The details […]

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Is the HIV Virus Evolving?

Is the HIV Virus Evolving?

A major Oxford University study shows that HIV’s capacity to cause AIDS is slowing.  The paper suggests that the virus might be evolving becoming less fatal and aggressive as it adjusts to our immune system and therapies. The study across more than 2,000 women from Botswana and South Africa appears in ‘Proceedings of the National Academy […]

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South Africa Appoints Lesbian Cabinet Minister

South Africa Appoints Lesbian Cabinet Minister

Lynne Brown has been appointed the position of South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises, making her the country’s first openly gay cabinet minister. The role is the highest-profile held by an openly gay person in Africa. Last week, South Africa gained its first openly gay black member of parliament when Zakhele Mbhele was elected. Gay […]

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Africa’s First Openly Gay Black MP

Africa’s First Openly Gay Black MP

The continent of Africa on Wednesday gained its first openly gay black parliamentarian when Zakhele Mbhele was sworn in in South Africa. South Africa, the only nation on the continent that has outlawed discrimination based on sexuality in its constitution, has had several gay MPs in previous years, but none of them were black. In […]

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Boy in South Africa Suffers Death at ‘Corrective’ Camp

Boy in South Africa Suffers Death at ‘Corrective’ Camp

 A fifteen year old boy in South Africa has died in a case that has been deemed to have underlying tones of gay reparative therapy. The young boy, Raymond Buys, was allegedly chained to his bed, beaten with planks and sticks, forced to eat his own faeces and electrocuted.  Sent to Alex de Koker’s Echo […]

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The Alternative Gay Destinations

The Alternative Gay Destinations

Whenever we think of gay-friendly holiday destinations we tend to automatically drift to destinations like London, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Cape Town…  the list goes on! For those of you that want to go somewhere alternative that still offers a vibrant (but lesser known) gay scene, here are some ideas. Osaka, Japan With an […]

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