STEP INTO AN LGBTQ+ WONDERLAND WITH PINK LOERIE 2017Write comment (0 Comments)
Knysna's forests will be filled with fantastical fairies, bears, princes, princesses, (frogs too), kings and fabulous queens for the Malebooth Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2017.
From 26 April to 1 May 2017, South Africa's most beautiful town will once again host the annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer), with a storybook line-up of events and celebrations.
"In these times of upheaval, we decided to offer a distraction from reality with a modern fairytale theme," says Pink Loerie's John O’Neil. "Our focus is on the magical diversity of our community and the creativity and colour it has to offer."
Returning this year are two popular features: the Bear Colony Festival (a furry gathering of the 'bear' community at Blackwaters River Lodge) and the Wigstock Festival (an outrageous celebration, through performance, of all things drag).
Other entertainment and cultural events will include the launch of Bruce J. Little’s book Little Poof! Homonolgues, the Mr and Miss Mardi Gras pageants, a couture fashion show by acclaimed designer Peter Bondesio, an exhibition of LGBTQ+ themed art at Knysna Fine Arts, and a series of parties that will take you to the end of the rainbow (and back again).
For those with a sportier inclination, Jozi Cats, Africa's first gay and inclusive competitive rugby club, will attend Pink Loerie 2017, including the Bear Colony Festival.
More serious issues will be brought to the fore with a new initiative: a workshop and fundraising dinner focusing on hate crimes and the visibility of black lesbians, who are among the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ+ community.
"The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival is a time of celebration, but a celebration with a purpose," explains O’Neil. "We hope to contribute and make a difference by addressing and highlighting the violence, stigma and discrimination faced by many LGBTQ+ people."
Not only is Pink Loerie a memorable occasion for visitors from around the country, but it has also become a major part of Knysna life; boosting tourism and supporting local businesses and charities.
Islamist group which killed LGBTI activists banned in BangladeshWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Ansar al-Islam a militant Islamist group responsible for the violent murder of fearless Bangladeshi LGBTI activist Xulhaz Mannan has been banned by the government.
Xulhaz Mannan was the editor of the country’s first and only LGBTI magazine, Roopbaan.
He was hacked to death and shot by two men at an apartment in Dhaka in April last year, and his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, who was with him in the apartment at the time, was also murdered.
‘All activities of this group are banned because they constitute a threat to public order. Ansar al-Islam threatens peace and stability in Bangladesh,’ the Bangladesh Home Ministry said in a statement.
In the days leading up to Mannan’s death, he received multiple death threats and government intimidation.
Since his murder many LGBTI Bangladeshis have fled the country in fear of their lives.
Many LGBTI people in Bangladesh live in the closet because gay sex is outlawed in the majority Muslim country and is punishable by up to life in jail.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT hit musical makes its SA debut with local castWrite comment (0 Comments)
Get ready for the musical journey of your life! The critically-acclaimed hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert based on the Oscar-winning hit film makes its South African premiere at Artscape, Cape Town on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Presented by Showtime Management in association with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Nullarbor Productions, and featuring an all South African cast, Priscilla will be on stage at Artscape until Sunday, 23 April,thereafter moving to Montecasino’s Teatro from Friday, 28 April to 18 June 2017. Tickets are on sale at Computicket. Hashtag: #PriscillaSA. Brought to South Africa in association with BBC First.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical originally opened in Australia in 2006 and after a sell-out two year run, opened on London¹s West End followed by Broadway in New York. The show continues to wow audiences across the globe with recent return tours to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It has won awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards.
Critics the world over rave! The Herald Sun (Australia) claims the show is “Vivid, daring and over-the-top” while The Daily Telegraph (UK) sums up the show as being “hugely entertaining AND insanely glitzy”.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a heart-warming and uplifting tale of three drag artist friends who hop aboard a battered old bus aka “Priscilla” and go off on the adventure of a life-time through the Australian Outback, to
perform in Alice Springs. On the way they find friendship, love and far more than they ever dreamed of.
With a dazzling array of over 500 award-winning costumes, 200 extraordinary head-dresses and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna
Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
Do Dinner with The Other FoundationWrite comment (0 Comments)
Make giving a part of your New Year's resolutions. Sign up to host an #AMillionOnesdinner with your friends, and pledge to support projects that protect and advance the human rights of homosexual men and women, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa. Click the link: http://theotherfoundation.org/giving/
Compatibility In Gay RelationshipsWrite comment (0 Comments)
By Lawrence Mashiyane
It is February and, for those who care for such things as Valentine's Day, it is the month of Love. Some scurried throughout January to get someone 'special' and others are getting on the love train before the 14th. At the end of search, many will be on dates on the 14th and many will be having sex; others will probably be watching TV, but we are not interested in them for now (and clearly love isn't either). The interest is in the ones who will be on dates and/or having a shag. The interest is in what happens after Valentine's Day. After Valentine's Day, how long until the romance fizzles out and turns into a memory or worse, a one night stand? You're probably thinking not long and if you are then it means you know about the cloud that hovers over the gay community; our relationships do not last. Of course this stereotype or stigma does not apply to everyone in the gay community but, as I always say, stereotypes do not come from out of nowhere. They are not made up. Stereotypes are that big cloud of black smoke that let every one know there's a fire. It does not mean an entire building is burning, but it does mean a floor or two could be.
For any relationship to last, one thing is important and that one thing comes before love, trust and commitment/faithfulness. That one thing is compatibility. The problem with the gay community is that compatibility has been cut down to two simple things; sex role and behaviour/gender expression. "Are you top, bottom or versatile?" They ask. "Are you 'straight' acting or feminine?" Once those two questions are asked and the answers are the desired, everything is good to go! But truth is, it is not good to go. Not at all! I am not saying that those things are not important (although how greatly important is up for debate), I am saying that there is more to find out beyond those two. There is a lack of compatibility in Gay relationships and it is usually because people have two things in mind: Society and Sex.
Whether a guy is effeminate or not is usually a concern with society; especially if one is in the closet. Sometimes it is preference but also, some people prefer to be with more masculine or 'straight acting' guys because it is a lot less obvious and covert. When two guys walk down the street, looking all heterosexual, no one really thinks "oh look, there goes a gay couple" but the concern is if a guy walks with another guy who has a twist in his hips, a twang in his voice and speaks with swinging hands; it all looks too obvious. The feminine guy draws too much attention, the two guys walking together now stick out like a sore thumb. Even if some guys are 'open' and out of the closet, the still remain (if I can say) conservative. They do not want to put society on edge, draw the attention of homophobes and they believe that their sexuality is no body's business. A fear for being judged for being gay still exists.
The second concern is Sex. The "are you top, bottom or versatile question?" simply put is, "are we going to be able to fuck or not?" I reject any other interpretation, it simply amounts to that.Read more ...
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