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Freddie Mercury died 24 years ago!

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This week marks exactly 24 years since the death of the legendary Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.

Fans of the iconic singer, along with the rest of the music world, have been remembering the iconic showman.

Mercury passed away at his London home on 24 November 1991, aged 45.FreddieMercuty

He had been diagnosed HIV-positive several years earlier, and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS. There were no effective ARVs in the early 90’s.

Queen’s lead singer is remembered for his captivating live performances, searing vocals and enduring classics such as ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Killer Queen’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

In 1987, Mercury told journalist David Wigg that he had no fears of becoming a lonely, rich 70-year-old.

“I’ve lived a full life and if I’m dead tomorrow, I don’t give a damn. I really have done it all”, he said.

A previously unheard duet between music icons Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson was released earlier this year.

According to new claims, Freddie Mercury came out in the lyrics of the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody.

Queen topped the UK singles chart for nine weeks with Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. More than 2.5million copies of the single have been sold since it was first released.

The hard realities of soft discrimination

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A year ago, I took the Drama Queen of the Year Award, at my organisation's end of year party. While these awards were meant to be light-hearted and we all received mall vouchers and other goodies as a prize, it bothered me that I was being recognised for my so-called office antics and not the quality of my work which I have devoted so much of my life to. It also made me wonder if, as in the case of many females in the workplace, my sexuality blinded people to what I actually brought to the table.AngeloCLouw

Ever since females were allowed to hang up their aprons and join the workforce, they have been chastised for being emotional in the workplace, forming cliques and letting family responsibilities interfere with their work. This was ironic considering stereotypes of the angry boss and boys clubs existed long before affirmative action. Common labels for females in the workplace (particularly in management) such as "b***h" and "dragon lady" not only dehumanise females by describing their work ethic as animalistic, they are also evidently gendered. Other examples of gender discrimination, probably more popular in the '80s, include the labelling of corporate females as lesbian. It is on this premise that I argue terms such as "drama queen" within a professional setting are derogatory as one's work ethic is undermined because of your sexual orientation or preference.

In my case, to put things into perspective, I single-handedly improved the quality and frequency of the publication I manage on the smallest budget we have ever had in the history of the magazine. My work on this project and numerous other side projects earned me a Young Leader Runner-Up Award at the 2014 Nelson Mandela Community Leadership Awards, an event recognising excellence in leadership in Gauteng – and attended by provincial premier David Makhura. None of my triumphs would have been possible had I not hounded down our finance department to pay suppliers (which almost feels like it has become part of my job function) and stood my ground regarding the parameters of my work. In my opinion, calling out someone unprofessionally does not step outside of the professional framework, so why is it that when I flex my professional muscle, am I met with insult? Because I have dared to live a life outside of the one prescribed as a person born male and succeeded, I am challenging the very core beliefs of a massive faction of society. In a desperate attempt to protect the status quo, this type of violence is used to nullify my success by reducing me to the failure this system positions me as.    

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Long Life to Exit (at 300)

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As many will know, when a relative dies, the practise amongst Jewish people is to wish the bereaved, “Long Life.” I’ve often wondered about this. Long life, per se, is not necessarily a blessing. Those of us who’ve watched relatives and friends dwindle away to nothing, understand how humiliating a long life can be if it is not accompanied by physical and mental well-being. To wish someone “long life” without adding a few ancillary wishes seems potentially hazardous.

But longevity is often praised. Old age is associated with “wisdom,” an association which many of us who have observed the elderly might wish to challenge. Longstanding relationships are praised, anniversaries are celebrated. The superficial suggestion that because a relationship has lasted, it has been, on the whole, a success, is often belied by closer inspection and more intimate knowledge.231p1

But longevity, personal and relational, remains praised. The elderly are to be respected. Their views consulted. Their interests privileged. Perhaps this is just a throwback to times when life expectancy was a great deal less than it is now. Perhaps respect for the elderly also suggests an unspoken understanding that life is, after all, “a vale of tears,” and those who have survived long have endured much.

This edition is EXIT’s 300th. If bodily survival is tough, for a monthly LGBTIQ newspaper to survive in South Africa for 300 editions is close to miraculous. In earlier times, those before many of the born frees could read, the very existence of such a newspaper was an affront to a Christian Nationalist government and the exclusive “morality” it fostered. Circulation was difficult, given that so many potential readers were closeted. Actually purchasing a copy of EXIT from the CNA was akin to “coming out.”

To circumvent some of these difficulties, the paper was deposited at clubs. I can remember piles of EXITS on the bar at Champions in Braamfontein. I recall young gay boys grabbing a copy, and sitting in the “chill” space alongside, eating ghastly chips and paging through the paper hoping, primarily I think, to find a picture of themselves at some event. There was, indeed, a time before Instagram and Facebook, hard as it might be to imagine. As trashed youngsters in tight white trousers staggered off in the early hours, some would carry the newspaper away with them, others would have abandoned it on tables and floors. But EXIT was a name people recognised and admired. It had established a sub-cultural presence. It was not a voice. It was THE voice.

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LGBTI themed film to screen nationwide in Zimbabwe

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My Name is Rose, will screen in the upcoming 17th Annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival to be held on the 02nd -10th of October 2015.

MY NAME IS ROSE, a story of forced marriage, an African tradition and newly discovered love between two young African women coming to terms with a patriarchal society. Starring Enoch Mnguni, Slindile Dlamini and Zenele Mazibuko, My Name Is Rose looks at the emerging sexuality of a young Zulu princess in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal who flees to Durban to avoid being 'sold' to an older chief for 40 cattle, and in doing so initiates great changes in her worldrose

This brand new South African film was produced by Mlungisi Msomi and Sekara Mafisa as a project of nine LGBTI themed films to tell stories of young gay men and women battling with the terms of their sexuality. This project will cover the Lesbian, Gay, bi-sexual, Transgender and intersexual themed films.

This Lesbian Themed Film was released in May 25, 2015 and has screened already at the festivals held in Durban and Pretoria. Attending the Zimbabwe Festival as the first LGBTI Themed film to be shown to the public in Zimbabwe, will mark and pave the way to the entire continent.

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Save Triangle Project

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Triangle Project is Cape Town’s oldest LGBTI organization. They provide health and support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, their partners and families. While we may have a wonderful constitution the reality is that there are still extremely high levels of homophobia in South Africa. LGBTI people face continuous discrimination, a range of specific mental health and health concerns, and increasing levels of violence.Triangle Triangle is an important source of support, community, advocacy and services, especially for those members of the LGBTI community who do not have the support of families or other social networks. Triangle’s small and committed team of 7 people provides services to the entire Western Cape, reaching even the most remote areas where there are no other LGBTI services. Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of LGBTI people have benefitted from Triangle’s services. You may not have used their services directly, but you have probably benefitted from the advocacy and research or their continuous lobbying for LGBTI rights in South Africa. Unfortunately the years of working under tough financial constraints have had their cost.

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