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KZN’s Got Talent

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The Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN) is hosting KZN’s Got Talent and is inviting everyone to audition. This event is part of the build up to the Gay & Lesbian Network’s main event, The Pink Mynah Festival, which will be taking place in October. This event is sponsored by the Department of Arts & Culture and is endorsed by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association.

The auditions will be held on the 18th and 19th of June at the PMB Tourism Hub, at 280 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 (Opposite Spar, Boxer & Mini Market) at the market square. Those wanting to audition can do so between 9am and 4pm. The entrance fee is R50 for individuals and R100 for a group.

The Audition:
Your audition may not exceed 2 minutes. Any act that exceeds 2 minutes in duration will be stopped.

• Dancers must bring their own music on a CD.
• Singers please bring a backing track to your audition.
• Musicians must bring all of their own equipment.
• Variety acts must take health and safety into account.

You can win your share of R10 000, so whether you sing, dance, play an instrument or have any other entertaining talents, be sure that you do not miss out! The final talent show will be held on 25 June at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

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Annually, the 17th of May marks International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people as well as all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.
Recently, a slew of complaints were submitted to the Advertising Standards Authority following the flighting of an advertisement featuring two men of different races kissing and ending with a condom being unwrapped. These complaints highlight the level of stigmatisation and discrimination that gay and other non-gay identifying men who have sex with men (MSM) face.wethebravekiss
The advertisement was created by, the first large scale sexual health campaign ever in South Africa to specifically address MSM - the most vulnerable population for HIV acquisition and transmission. This initiative was created by the Anova Health Institute and The Elton John AIDS Foundation with the goal of helping men who have sex with men lead healthy, sexual lives. The advertisement was designed to address prevention issues in an affirming, non-judgemental and sex-positive way that asks MSM to be brave enough to make healthy sexual choices like wearing a condom.
One complainant stated, “I am all for safe sex education, but promoting safe sex between ‘men’ is taking it a step too far.” Others spoke of the inappropriateness of “promoting” and “condoning” relationships amongst men.

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Mauritius Pride 2016

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Mauritius is getting ready for its Gay Pride that will be celebrated on the 4th of June. This year will be the 11th edition.

Mauritius indeed has a Gay Pride!MauritiusPride1

Take this opportunity to experience Mauritius and discover the beauty of the Island through, the 1st LGBT Tour Operator in Mauritius. The LGBT community is growing and now more than ever the community is proclaiming its rights. The Right to freely express oneself  and taking pride in who we are. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘I love’. I have the right to love who I want… may it be someone of the same sex! The link here will give you a glimpse of last year celebrations:

Pack you cases and come and dance on the street of the Capital with us… experience Mauritius like you never did before.

Dr. Rad talks Flu Jab

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Dr. Oscar Radebe, Clinical Manager: Senior Medical and Communications Consultant for Health4Men, answers some questions about getting the flu vaccine.OscarRadebe
1. What is the flu vaccine, and how does it work?
Flu vaccines are created to protect against seasonal flu, which affects millions of people each year. The vaccine is trivalent, which means it is three vaccines combined into one to protect against three common viruses: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and the influenza B virus. The vaccine is injected to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies, which can take up to 2 weeks to fight against the virus. So, it is recommended that you get a vaccine, at least, a month before flu season starts (May/June).
2. My friend said that he got sick after he took the vaccine. Is it possible that the vaccine itself can make you sick?
No, the flu vaccine does not make you sick, but there could be other reasons why you became ill and the common ones are:
• You vaccinated late and had already been exposed to the flu virus
• Your immune system was weak at that time of vaccination, so your body could not produce enough antibodies to fight the flu
• You vaccinated in time, but the strain of the flu virus in that particular year has mutated or changed and has become resistant to the vaccine that you got

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WETHEBRAVE.CO.ZA launches Cover Your Butt

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Fashion designer Stiaan Louw has been enlisted by the campaign to design a limited edition range of underwear for a campaign titled ‘Cover Your Butt’.Maycover

Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, is the first large scale sexual health campaign ever in South Africa to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) - South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission.

With pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication now readily available in South Africa, HIV prevention could become as easy and routine as changing one’s underwear. PrEP is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs, which if taken daily by HIV negative individuals, can drastically reduce HIV infection.

There are concerns however, that people taking PrEP will be more inclined to drop their drawers, becoming more promiscuous and sexually reckless as a result. Professor James McIntyre, CEO of the Anova Health Institute, believes that this is merely a myth. He says, “Taking PrEP means keeping yourself safe and covering your butt by being responsible for and taking ownership of your health and well-being.”

The underwear range visually brings across the concept of ‘covering your butt’ and raises awareness around safe sex and amongst MSM. They also capture the corporate identity and use the fun, striking colours associated with the brand. We used one of the photographs taken of the range for the May cover of Exit

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