HEADLINES

Gay musical, Kanarie, wins top Afrikaans film award: Kanarie (Canary), an Afrikaans gay coming-of-age musical drama set in apartheid South Africa, has won the top prize at the kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival.
Pope to parents: Don’t condemn gay children but send them to a psychiatrist: The Pope is once again conveying mixed messages to Catholics; urging parents of gay children not to judge them but also to consider sending them to a psychiatrist.
Cape Town Pride announces theme for 2019: The organisers of Cape Town Pride have revealed the theme for next year's event, taking place from 22 February to 3 March 2019.
Ghana | Plans to force gay people to undergo conversion therapy: A vocal anti-LGBTQ group in Ghana claims it has recruited around 400 people who identify as gay to undergo a so-called "gay cure" programme. It also plans to make this mandatory.
Cape Town hate pastor calls 7de Laan lesbian kiss “sick”: Western Cape pastor Oscar Bougardt, who was previously found guilty of anti-LGBT hate speech, has accused the SABC of trying to "brainwash" families to accept homosexuality.
Viewers react with outrage to 7de Laan’s first lesbian kiss: Soap series 7de Laan continues to break new ground for the Afrikaans LGBT community with a steamy onscreen lesbian kiss but some homophobic viewers are left scandalised.
Health4Men: The science behind U=U: HIV-positive men on ART (antiretroviral treatment) with undetectable viral loads can’t pass it on to their negative partners – it’s been proven.
Home Affairs ignores court order to respond to lesbian couple’s visa appeal: The Department of Home Affairs flouts the rule of law as it ignores a court order granted to a married same-sex couple, Wendy Kessman and Nomfundo Ngidi, who wish to legally live together in South Africa.
Dr Anastasia Tomson on queer and trans visibility in celebrating women: As Women's Month comes to a close, Mambaonline spoke to transgender activist, author and medical doctor, Anastasia Tomson, to find out how South Africans can better include and celebrate trans, lesbian and queer identities.
Pretoria Pride 2018 is on 6 October. Here are all the details: The annual Pretoria Pride parade and festival will take place on Saturday 6th October at the Centurion Rugby Club, in Centurion.
This Disney star just came out in the perfect low-key way: American actor Garrett Clayton has decided to come out as LGBTQ ahead of the release of his new movie, in a subtle but meaningful way.
Malaysia | Two women face caning for same-sex conduct: Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian authorities to drop the case against two women found "guilty" of same-sex relations ahead of their scheduled caning on August 28.
Wits Pride week launch marred by hateful queerphobic graffiti: This week, Wits University kicked off its four-day Gay Pride celebration Wits Pride, says that the university still has a long way to go in its aim of being inclusive of all its student body.
Dutch Reformed Church “using freedom of religion” to discriminate against LGBT people: The Pretoria High Court has heard that a decision by the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) to no longer recognise same-sex marriages was not only unprocedural but also unconstitutional.
Zambia | LGBTI woman humiliated and thrown out of church: A woman thought to be a member of the LGBTI community was thrown out of a church and publicly degraded in Zambia after police officers conducted an invasive body search.
Bianca Del Rio responds to outrage over her rape ‘joke’ at Montreal Pride: Fresh from her tour of South Africa, drag star Bianca Del Rio is under intense fire for 'joking' about a RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant's rape.
Joburg LGBT-friendly venue Great Dane fires employee for being transphobic: Great Dane, one of Joburg’s well-known queer-friendly hotspots in Braamfontein, says it has fired an employee for being transphobic to a customer.
Being in the closet at work is bad for your health and your company: Not being comfortable to be out the closet at work is bad for everyone; negatively affecting the well-being and performance of LGBTIQ+ employees as well as the companies they work for.
Russian teen fined for ‘gay propaganda’ fights back: A teenager, who is the first minor to be charged under Russia's so-called 'gay propaganda' law, is fighting against his conviction.
Tom Daley on being a gay dad: People wouldn’t ask a straight couple that: British Olympic diver Tom Daley believes that people's reaction to he and his husband having a baby though surrogacy instead of adoption reflects biased heteronormative views.