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Elton John supports local gay men to combat HIV

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A new $7 million grant for the Anova Health Institute's Health4Men project to address HIV in South Africa's gay, bisexual and MSM (men who have sex with men) community has been announced in both Washington and Johannesburg. This significant international funding boost to expand MSM-targeted HIV-related services in South Africa is the result of a new partnership between the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


In Washington, Sir Elton John and American Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced the collaboration between the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the U.S President's Emergency Fund for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) to support initiatives focusing on MSM in South Africa.


5 years in prison for gay sex in occupied territories in Eastern Ukraine

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We have received reliable information from Andriy Maymulakhin, Coordinator of the Nash Mir LGBT organization in Ukraine, that the so-called Luhansk Peoples Republic (LNR) in the Eastern part of Ukraine introduced a severe "law" criminalizing homosexuality with up to 5 years of imprisonment.


This "law" is titled "On the protection of the Christian traditions of the people of Lugansk region from the harmful influence of hostile states such as the European Union, Canada and the United States." More at


Letting my 'guard' down

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Shortly before my 28th birthday, I discovered that a friend of mine was HIV positive. He wasn't a very close friend, but I knew him quite well and it came as a shock to me because he was well educated, intelligent and financially established in the world, and I believed that people like him did not get HIV. I couldn't understand how someone like that could be "dumb" enough to have unprotected sex. In the nineties almost every gay movie I could get my hands on was about gay men struggling with HIV or AIDS. How could he not have known to wear a condom? It was constantly drummed into us.

After a few years I moved to the big city and met other clever, educated people with HIV, and assumed it was drug or alcohol related. Why else would they have had unprotected sex?



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The announcement was made during the grand finale of the 2014 competition on Saturday night in Rome, Italy, in which 32 delegates from around the world competed for the coveted title.


South Africa previously successfully hosted the event in Johannesburg in 2012. The latest bid was mounted by the organisers of the annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival, and sees the country becoming the first-ever to host the event twice.

The week-long Mr Gay World™ 2015 contest will coincide with next year's Globeflight Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival Knysna 2015 in association with TRIARC & MRGSA. It will be held in both Knysna and Cape Town, with the grand finale taking place in the Mother City on Sunday 3 May 2015.


Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about HIV...

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H4MLOGOOne of my favourite sitcom quotes comes from Will & Grace when Karen tries to coax Jack into sleeping with Beverly (Lesley Jordan) for money. "Oh you'll do it. You'll do it the same way any self-respecting woman does. Get on your back, point your heels to Jesus and think of handbags."

Don't know about you but the last thing I think about when I am (excuse the pun) "in" the moment, is handbags - or any other commodity for that matter. I need to feel connected to the person for me to be in the moment and truth be told, I try to find meaning in every encounter.

I guess when you have sex with a regular shag buddy you kinda know what to expect after a while. Of course, the more versatile and flexible you are the more adventurous and unpredictable your bed sports should be. Not that I'm an expert! I just think that variety is the spice of life, whether it is cuisine, couture, culture or cocks.


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