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July 7, 2014

South African mom Michele Macfarlane has written a book about how she split from her husband after falling in love with the couple’s female au pair. She talked to GSN about the backlash she has received to the memoir’s publication…

Michele Macfarlane is not the first woman to split from her husband after falling in love with another women, but she is one of the few to write a detailed, brutally honest account of this turbulent period of her life.

I Left My Husband for the Au Pair details how Macfarlane fell for her nanny and her subsequent family break-up.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 14, 2014

We set you up for a successful St Patrick’s Day full of drinking and flirting in Irish with our latest gay-friendly language guide. Sláinte! (it means ‘cheers,’ pronounced ‘slawn-cha’)

From Buenos Aires to Cape Town, the world will see rivers and gutters go green in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, Monday 17 March.

What started off as a religious holiday commemorating Ireland’s patron saint St Patrick has turned into a worldwide celebration where bars are sucked dry of Guinness and pinches are handed out for not wearing green.

Now, you will be able to win over some Irish hearts with our gay-friendly language guide.

Irish, sometimes referred to as Irish Gaelic, is a Celtic language related to Scottish Gaelic and Welsh.

March 3, 2014

Gay bars and gay festivals abound in Cape Town where Barry Johnston, editor of London’s Beige magazine, spent the last week relaxing in his hometown

This weekend, South Africa erupted into revelry with the annual Cape Town Pride celebration.

With its stunning natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture and liberal mindset, it is no surprise Cape Town is a thriving destination for the LGBTI traveler.

World-class beaches, internationally acclaimed dining and beautiful people await under the slopes of Table Mountain, in this, the vibrant Mother City. From sports to music enthusiasts, the Rainbow Nation has a little for everyone.

This week alone Santana and Eminem rocked venues across the city.

March 3, 2014

Gay bars and gay festivals abound in Cape Town where Barry Johnston, editor of London’s Beige magazine, spent the last week relaxing in his hometown

This weekend, South Africa erupted into revelry with the annual Cape Town Pride celebration.

With its stunning natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture and liberal mindset, it is no surprise Cape Town is a thriving destination for the LGBTI traveler.

World-class beaches, internationally acclaimed dining and beautiful people await under the slopes of Table Mountain, in this, the vibrant Mother City. From sports to music enthusiasts, the Rainbow Nation has a little for everyone.

This week alone Santana and Eminem rocked venues across the city.

February 27, 2014

Tabloid 'satirically' claims Museveni is dating a male model, who is 'crying over his lover letting gay people rot in jail'

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni does not have a ‘gay lover’.

In contrast to several misleading tabloid articles currently going viral, the president who has signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law is not dating a 28-year-old male model.

One tabloid report claims the young man met the Ugandan president in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was working as a waiter.

After desserts, the man claims the president complimented him and asked him to contact him at a hotel.

February 21, 2014

Win over South African locals when you bust out with greetings and flirtations in this guttural, Dutch daughter language

What happens if you run out of sunblock while you're on the beautiful beaches of South Africa?

Use this cheat sheet you'll have already printed out (or on your smart phone) and use it to approach an attractive local. Even if you have sunblock, use this as an excuse to work on your pronunciation.

Start off by asking for help (make sure they speak Afrikaans first). Then move on to a smile, a bat of the eyelashes and hopefully your asking for help will turn into a fun story you can share with family and friends when you go back home.

February 18, 2014

Cape Town Pride celebrates South Africa’s LGBTI community with gay rugby matches, a lesbian beauty pageant and a killer pride march party

As the only country in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa is used to blazing trails.

While South Africa’s move to constitutionally protect gay and lesbian couples in 2006 made global headlines, the coastal city of Cape Town has been making waves since 2001 with its annual gay pride festival.

This year, from 21 Feb to 2 March, Cape Town’s Pride Festival welcomes pride partiers for a week of debates and debacles.

November 14, 2013

The World Council of Churches’ 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea, has closed with an appeal for LGBTI non-discrimination and inclusion

The global meeting of one of the world’s largest groupings of non-Catholic Christian churches has closed with a prayer for LGBTI inclusion in a first for the World Council of Churches.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has been meeting in Busan, South Korea for its 10th Assembly and its member denominations serve nearly 600 million Christian worshipers worldwide.

The Assemblies are held once every seven years, and the 2013 Assembly closed Friday with a prayer from Father Michael Lapsley of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa.

October 22, 2013

Thabo Makgoba, Metropolitan of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa has released a video statement in which he calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Africa

The Most Revd Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of Southern Africa, has partnered with international human rights group Human Rights Watch to release a video message decrying homophobic violence and anti-LGBT discrimination on the African continent.

In the video Makgoba challenges arguments put forward by several African governments that culture, tradition, and religion justify the marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

‘Don’t fear,’Makgoba says to LGBT people in the video message.

July 27, 2013

Bishop Desmond Tutu wants nothing to do with religions, or gods, who hate gays and lesbians

If this doesn't make you love Archbishop Desmond Tutu, please consult a physician. Your heart is a block of ice.

South Africa's retired archbishop was talking to Agence France-Presse, a French press agency. He was in Cape Town, helping the United Nations launch a gay rights campaign.

'I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,' Tutu said, as reported by Washington Times.

March 29, 2013

The African National Congress (ANC) says it will take action against Cape Town councillor Abdulhamied Gabier for his anti-gay rant

The ANC stated it will take action against its own Cape Town councillor (Cllr) Abdulhamied Gabier for alleging the city’s council is trying to promote Cape Town as ‘moffie city’, an offensive term roughly translated as ‘faggots’.

Gay Star News reported earlier today (29 March) that mayor Patricia de Lille, of the Democratic Alliance party (DA), slammed Gabier, saying: ‘the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur’.

March 29, 2013

Patricia de Lille, mayor of Cape Town criticized councillor Abdulhamied Gabier for his anti-gay rant saying it insulting and against the law

Councillor (Cllr) Abdulhamied Gabier, of the ANC, has been sharply criticized when he said the city’s council is trying to promote Cape Town as ‘moffie city’, an offensive term roughly translated as ‘faggots’.

IOL portal reported yesterday (28 March) that mayor Patricia de Lille, of the Democratic Alliance party (DA), said ‘the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur’.

January 12, 2013

A suspected gang of serial killers targeting gay men in South Africa may now be operating in Cape Town following another murder under the same circumstances

South African police are looking into whether an organized gang that robs and murders gay men may now be operating in Cape Town following another similar killing.

Since April of 2010 eight gay men have been found murdered under similar circumstances in the South African province of Gauteng which houses the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The gang allegedly gain the trust of their victims so that they will let them into their homes where they are then tied up and strangled before the gang ransack their homes for valuables.

December 5, 2012

'I think it is totally unjust'

Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is speaking out against Uganda's so-called 'Kill the Gays Bill' which could be voted on any time by the country's Parliament.

'I am opposed to discrimination, that is unfair discrimination,' Tutu said this week in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is attending a meeting of the All Africa Conference of Churches.

Tutu is the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and became a hero as a leader in the anti-apartheid movement in that country. In more recent years, he has been a leading pro-gay voice across Africa.

November 12, 2012

A 19 year-old lesbian soccer player was brutally murdered by gangsters, becoming the latest victim of anti-gay violence sweeping South African 

According to Ndumie Funda, director of Luleki Sizwe, an organization that assists young lesbian victims of so called ‘corrective rape’ a young South African lesbian was murdered by a group of gangsters.

Sihle Skotshi, was a soccer player who was only 19 years-old when she was murdered.

Skotshi was one of the girls in the group assited by the Luleki Sizwe organization.

The attack occurred on the 9 November at Cosovo an informal settlement in Phillipi, a township of Cape Town.

October 30, 2012

Gay Games organizers 'reach out' to head of South Africa's Olympic committee after he sparked fury over his 'clearly derogatory' remarks

Gay Games organizers have responded to 'derogatory' comments by South Africa's Olympic committee that the world's largest fully inclusive athletics tournament isn't 'serious sport'.

Head of South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Gideon Sam, reportedly mocked the Gay Games at the Sports Industry Summit in Johannesburg on 25 October.

He said SASCOC did not govern the event because the body was involved in the administration of 'serious sport' in South Africa.

October 26, 2012

As man terrifies group of women, leaving two in hospital, anti-gay attacks are on the rise in South Africa

Six lesbians are afraid for their lives after they were brutally beaten at a petrol station in Cape Town, South Africa.

As reported by IOL News, none of the women said they wanted to be identified for fear of further attacks.

One of the women, 22, claims a man charged towards her and started attacking one of her friends after they left a gay-friendly club in the early hours of Sunday morning (21 October).

July 31, 2012

South African Olympic archer Hultzer has confirmed she is lesbian but won’t be hitting the target with a medal

South African Olympic archer Karen Hultzer has come out openly as lesbian during the games.

There had been speculation about Hultzer’s sexuality before London 2012 with her partner Tracey Kim Saunders telling Mambaonline that Hultzer is happy to be identified as a gay athlete.

But now 46-year-old Hultzer, born in Cape Town, has commented for the first time on her sexuality.

July 20, 2012

Archbishop and 80-year-old South African activist says homosexuality must be decriminalized everywhere

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for homosexuality to be decriminalized everywhere in an effort to fight HIV.

The South African activist says we must show ‘love and acceptance’ of gay people as the death tolls rise.

Tutu said anti-gay laws would be seen as wrong as the apartheid laws are now, and said both were a crime against God.

Writing in The Lancet, the 80-year-old said: ‘For I know in my heart, I know as all faith traditions teach, that there are no inferior people in his eyes.

July 18, 2012

Thousands of LGBT people have marked Nelson Mandela's birthday with protests across South Africa against rising levels of hate crimes and government inaction

As South Africans celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday the country’s LGBT communities call upon their leaders to take firm action against the rising tide of hate crimes.

Thousands of LGBT people protested throughout South Africa against their leaders’ silence and even complicity with the increasing hate based violence and crimes against lesbian, gay and transgender people.

The protests are organised by a coalition of LGBT groups and civil society organizations.