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Trolls on Dating Apps may have personality disorders – say, experts.

If you’ve surfed the ‘interwebs’ for more than five minutes you’ve encountered the disturbing phenomenon that is the internet troll. Vindictive people that cannot resist posting things they know will hurt or distress others.

Almost any popular YouTube video with an activated comments section will provide you with a selection of unnecessarily mean commentary.WTBlogo2

Many trolls rely on the fact that they can say what they want and not be held accountable because they hide their identities. This is the nature of a troll, a person similar to you and me, but who happens to enjoy hurting others. Trolls come in different shapes and sizes and there is emerging evidence to show that trolling is how sadistic people are now choosing to get their kicks.
Dating apps have their own type of trolls too, and they are no less dangerous than the ones on the web. According to two independent studies conducted on 1200 people in a paper called Trolls just want to have fun, trolling behaviour has been linked to personality disorders such as narcissism, sadism and psychopathy. In other words, trolling is an indication that someone has a problem and may need professional help.

Sadism is the most prevalent trait shared by trolls according to the studies, and PsychNet-UK describes people with a sadistic personality disorder as often being cruel, manipulative and aggressive because they lack concern for people and instead, feel pleasure when they harm or humiliate others. Sadistic Personality Disorder Criteria.

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New Mr Gay Universe 2018 contest to be launched as an online pageant

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MrGayUniverseA new online pageant that is bound to energize the international gay community, inspire a flurry of drag queens and bears but test the mobilization skills of these contestants, is about to be launched globally.

The first Mr Gay Universe 2018 will be determined by how strong his social media following is and how good he is at convincing his followers to vote for him. Everything happens online.

The contest was created with the mind set of giving gay men a different kind of opportunity to be part of a global event. We will allow multiple entries from a country to give more gay men the opportunity to express themselves and be involved in the LGBTQ+ community.

Registrations will soon open and anyone from across the globe can enter. You send in your pictures and enter our various categories that vary from swimsuit, business wear to congeniality. Profiles of the successful entrants is then posted on our website for people to vote. The more votes, the better the chances of winning.

The contest aims to encourage an initiative of change and empowerment for gay men from all walks of life, attracting contestants of just about every part of the world.

This is a platform where strong spirited men from all of the world show us what they have, no matter their shape or size. There is a perception that only straight-acting men can enter contests. With Mr Gay Universe, anyone can enter. Drag queens, bears everyone is welcome as long as you are male.

This initiative is expected to create quite a buzz online with thousands of posts daily on social media.

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Mr Gay World 2019

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The coveted Mr Gay World 2019 contest dates have been officially announced.This prestigious contest, now in its 11th year, will be held in Hong Kong from 28 April to 4 May 2019. 

HK2019Last month, Hong Kong won the bid to host the contest. Hong Kong has also been chosen to host the Gay Games in 2022.
Follow up to date information on the Mr Gay World social media platforms Facebook as well as their website:


#MGW #MGW2019 #MGWHK #MGW #HongKong

ABFAB Drag Show at Artscape

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Cape Town has a scintillating drag tradition that dates back to the Thirties, especially in vibrant District Six. Today the pageants, the parties, the hair dressing salons and the fabulous drag queen shows still flourish across the city.Abfab

However, the shows are often hosted in backwood clubs, catering to a select few who know where to find them. The Absolutely Fabulous Drag Show endeavours to put the creme de la creme of drag on centre stage at the Artscape Theatre Centre. With fine feathers preened, false eyelashes fluttering and sequins glittering, the fiercely feminine/masculine are gathering to celebrate the world of `lip sync`, ambiguous seduction and gender identification.

The enigmatic Odidiva Mfenyana comperes the evening, as we also pay tribute to the late Reverend Rowan Smith. A surprise special guest also awaits you. Top class drag divas Vida Fantabisher, SA`s Got Talent 2016 runner-up Manila von Teez, as well as Kat Gilardi, Jayde Kay Johnson and Angel Lalamore of cabaret 3D trio fame, will showcase present-day glory. Camillo Lombard maintains a strict tempo while Basil Appollis stiches it all together and cracks the designer whip as director.   Show will be at Artscape in Cape Town on the 11th August 2018, with a show at 3pm and 8pm.

Tickets are available exclusively from Computicket at R100 each.

Joburg Pride 2018

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Johannesburg Pride is in its 29th year and the current Johannesburg Pride team has been actively working on growing the Johannesburg Pride platform since the 24th annual event in 2013. We manage this event via an entity registered in the name of Johannesburg Pride NPC. The current team comprises completely of non-remunerated volunteers with identification across the spectrum of straight, gender reassigned, lesbian and gay males.JoburgPride

Due to the number of disappointments experienced at the hands of volunteers, the policy now requires anyone who wishes to volunteer to submit a detailed CV outlining capabilities to ensure the correct synergy is established. All CV’s are reviewed by an independent team who then execute the on-boarding process of any successful volunteers.
The team at Johannesburg Pride has worked hard to make pride an all-inclusive platform catering for the LGBTQ+ME community. The results have been amazing, as we truly became the Pride of Africa. It has taken 5 years to rebuild the Johannesburg Pride platform, attendance, support and diversity and to date, in spite of the troughs, the journey has been amazing. To help build support, we attempted to hold public meetings, but in most cases the Pride team ended up disappointed due to public no show.
Johannesburg Pride has no true source of income and remains an unfunded NPC. We have been fortunate to draw the attention of a few supporters within the corporate sector who help us pay the bills but to date the directors have always chipped in to ensure all Johannesburg Pride’s bills are paid before the event. On our path to ensuring Johannesburg Pride self- sustainability, we sell the pouring rights, market space and VIP Tickets.
In 2018 we at Johannesburg Pride have made a bold move to host a 4 day event where we will engage in smaller pre- and post-Pride activities. Some of these activities are being sponsored and some have direct costs associated with them and will require tickets to be purchased to ensure the relevant costs are managed. We are thankful and humbled for the way the community comes out to support us. To further develop the LGBTQ+ME community of Johannesburg we are in the process of engaging with sponsors for a much needed Johannesburg Pride Safe House. This initiative has been slow to start but we will continue to persevere until we are able to provide a decent calibre Safe House for the Gauteng Community and beyond.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at Johannesburg Pride running from the 25 - 28 October 2018. Please refer to our website and social media platforms for more details on the 4 days which encompass a total of 6 events.

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