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The Full Monty comes to Cape Town

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The award-winning Broadway musical, The Full Monty, returns to the South African stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary showcase in Cape Town, 10 to 25 November, at the GrandWest Casino, featuring an all-South African cast and produced by p2 Productions. The musical is adapted from the 1997 Academy Award-winning British film, known for its highly anticipated closing scene, of six out-of-shape, regular blokes going all the way at a local strip club. Nominated for ten Tony Awards, the critically acclaimed musical enjoyed a run of 770 shows on Broadway in 2000 before moving onto the West End in 2002.FullMonty
Director Laura Bosman’s aim is to highlight the heart, humour and the humanity of the much-loved musical. “Although the show is about six men who go “all the way”, for me this is not the most important part of the story. At its core, The Full Monty deals with men’s issues which are often overlooked or ignored at the expense of more widely accepted women’s issues. We see how these men struggle with their body image, how they deal with the devastating emasculation caused by unemployment, and the lengths they will go to hide their fears and feelings of inadequacy.” According to Bosman, South African men have typically grown up with the idea that boys don’t cry, and she feels it’s time to dispel this thinking so that men can be heard and encouraged. “I think this musical celebrates this message in a fun, light-hearted way, despite the very real subject matter.”
The story follows the journey of six steel workers in 1980’s Sheffield who lose their jobs after the steel factory shuts down. With bills to pay and families to support, the men, hesitant at first, decide to go with the charismatic lead character’s brilliant idea of giving the ladies of Sheffield something the Chippendales don’t: ‘real’ men who will ‘go all the way’ for one night only. Matthew Roy, who makes his debut into musical theatre with this production, plays the lead character, Jerry Lukowski, and believes that this character puts the spotlight on issues many men are still facing today. “Jerry is having his entire worldview questioned. His concept of what it is to be a man is being challenged and his identity, being founded on that concept, is being challenged along with it. The country, the people and the economy are all changing around him and he feels that he is rapidly becoming obsolete, which scares him.”
While cheering the six men on throughout the show, the audience also gets a glimpse into other difficult issues these men are facing, such as divorce, depression and homosexuality. In the end, courage and bravery prevails as the ‘stripping-six’ find true strength and friendship in each other, while also being reassured by the love and support of the women in their lives.

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Disney’s Gay Love nest

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Disney’s castle logo is more than well known, but few people may know that it was modeled on a gay love nest. The original nest is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. The castle was built by Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm, who was king of Bavaria, as a retreat for composer Richard Wagner with whom he is reputed to have had a gay relationship. Ludwig had first heard Wagner’s operas at the age of 15 and was totally struck by them.waltdisneylogo
Ludwig was just 18 when he ascended the Bavarian throne after his father’s death. He had little or no interest in ruling Bavaria, as his main interests were in art, architecture and music. Ludwig never married, nor did he have any mistresses. It is, however, known from his diary, private letters, and other personal documents, that he had strong homosexual desires which he battled to suppress. Throughout his life, Ludwig had a succession of close friendships with men, including his aide de camp, Prince Paul, a member of Bavaria's wealthy Thurn und Taxis family, his chief equerry and Master of the Horse, Richard Hornig, Hungarian actor Josef Kainz, and courtier Alfons Weber.Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein was designed as an homage to Wagner’s music and as representations of the musical mythology in the operas Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and later Parsifal. The castle was commissioned in 1868 and construction began in 1869, and although it was not complete, the King moved into his palace in 1884. The building was never completed due to the King’s death in 1886.

THERAPY 21’ST BIRTHDAY SEXTRAVAGANZA 2017

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THERAPY 21’ST BIRTHDAY SEXTRAVAGANZA 2017
The iconic and legendary local “queer dance party” brand, Therapy, takes partying to an even higher level for Therapy’s 21st birthday - Sextravaganza 2017, on Saturday 11 November at Carfax.
Join us as for our ‘coming-of-age’ celebration of music, glamour, cultural and gender equality and above all else, the love of a good time!
Therapy is not about selling a VIP status, all of its patrons are VIPs, it is not about big name djs, although it has had many of those! It is about the party experience that is uniquely Therapy, and how a patron feels about the attitude of that.
Therapy’s 20th birthday event ‘Love Injection’ was proclaimed “Party of the Year” by MambaOnline in 2016, and with the ‘coming-of-age’ aspect of this event, Therapy has an even bigger and better plan for this huge milestone in its proud history of entertaining clubland.
It’s definitely cool to have the parties back in the city, with no traffic, minimal interferance, and being able to make a noise! Jozi can be alot of fun! Therapy returns to Carfax, a legendary venue that once again, will pull out all the stops for Therapy on this special night.

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Sleep your way around the world

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With our weak rand, travel, particularly international travel is a very costly pleasure. This is not so much because of the cost of the ticket, though a return trip to Cape Town in high season can cost over R4000 whereas a ticket on the same dates to Rome or Bangkok is around R7500. The bigger problem is once you are there, where are you going to stay as accommodation will cost a whole lot more? Because of this a lot of people are turning to groups like Queer Couchsurfers on Facebook, and they report that this is the way to travel. Where else can you find free places to stay when travelling around the world, or even at home in SA? You may even get a shag into the deal!Manonbed
There is www.misterbnb.com which has over 10 000 hosts in 130 countries around the world, and www.staywithfamily.com .They arrange home swaps or sharing for the gay traveller and have 4000+ members around the world. On the homeswapping side there is www.homearoundtheworld.com ,which offers not only home swapping but also hospitality exchanges, room exchanges, house sitting, couch surfing and even vacation sharing, so you can avoid those single supplements that can make travel for single people so expensive. And www.crashpadder.com has now apparently added an LGBT group to their site. Anyone out there with more info in this line, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can share it with others who may be interested.

Risk and Rates of Depression in HIV

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Depression is the most common psychiatric illness worldwide, with the average person having a lifetime risk of about 10% of having a depressive episode (1). It is also one of the most underdiagnosed psychiatric conditions, especially in men.
However, research has shown that people with HIV have a much higher risk of developing depression, about 2-3 times higher (2), with some studies showing rates higher than 50% (3), of people who have HIV also having depression.Anovalogos
So what does this mean for you? If you have HIV you stand a greater risk for developing depression due to a number of factors. However, depression is treatable, and so the sooner you recognise the symptoms, the sooner you can get help.
So what are the symptoms of depression? Depression is more than just a low mood, or feeling sad. It effects just about every aspect of our lives, and that’s why its so important to get treated if you do have depression. Below is a list of symptoms that may indicate depression. Some of these you may not have even noticed in yourself, but may have been pointed out by a friend or co-worker.

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