On the cover of this April issue of Exit we have shared with you Jarryd Nurden, International Performer & model. You can also see him in the flesh at Artscape and Montecasino as he is appearing there in the Broadway Smash Hit Musical ‘Chicago’, that sophisticated, elegant show about Murder, corruption, adultery and all that jazz.
Jarryd got into musical theatre by chance when he entered into the Reality TV competition of Mnet’s High School Musical: SPOTLIGHT South Africa. Those were the innocent days of youth! Since then he has played the camp part of Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (on the Norwegian Epic, a cruise liner that accommodates 5000+ people), and, switching roles in Moffie (written by André Carl van Der Merwe & conceptualized & choreographed by Bailey Snyman) where he played the butch part of the character who hates himself for being gay, and had to rape a guy on stage. Now that’s real Versatile!!
Of course, Jarryd has also appeared in Cats, West Side Story, Starlight Express, Joseph, Singin In The Rain, and numerous other productions, but it’s obvious why Exit has chosen to highlight Moffie & Priscilla as these are the shows that deal with such prominent themes nowadays, core experiences a lot of us have had. Speaking to Jarryd about CHICAGO, he had a new and progressive perspective with performing in CHICAGO. He said that it’s been the perfect show to present to the world the strength and self-power of being a gay man.
“You are able to simply be a MAN on stage. We don’t get told to perform like a gay man, nor do we get told to perform like straight man but to simply perform as men. Men who understand themselves, who aren’t afraid of their sensuality and can express their power through elegance and grace with the brilliant choreography of Mr Bob Fosse. No glitter , no overly dramatic props, but simple, stylish & revealing costumes.”
He says the story is told simply by our bodies, the personality we add to the characters and the magic making that is CHICAGO in its entirety. It’s a very real experience and a beautiful example that we all are equal. Men are men and women are women. Both can be strong, both can be sexy and both can be beautiful.
CHICAGO will be in Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg from 20 April to 26 May 2019. Booking is open at Computicket.
Calling all Drags… time for you to be a QUEEN! Miss DRAG South-Africa 2019, is here and entries are open! At Miss DRAG SA 2018, held at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth on the 29th of September 2018, Pageant Director Enigma Von Hamburg made the announcement that Miss DRAG SA 2019, is moving to Pretoria, Gauteng with the finale to be held at The Arena Venue, State Theatre on 04 October 2019.
Miss Drag South Africa, is a national pageant where beautiful and intelligent hopefuls from across the nation vie for this prestigious title. Enigma says that “the brand celebrates diversity and thus acts as an inclusive pageant to drag queens, gender queer and trans bodies. The platform highlights the aim of ‘Drag for a Purpose’ to inspire ordinary people that carry out extraordinary things to advocate the advancement of LGBTQA+ rights, drag culture, serve as agents for change and uplift their communities by serving as positive role models.
At the 2018 edition, Miss Vicky from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, competed against 14 fierce finalists from across the country to be crowned Miss Drag South-Africa 2018. Her prize package to the value of up to R80,000 included a vast cash prize, wardrobe, shoes, make-up, training vouchers, a laptop, travel allowance and a holiday trip, amongst many.
Miss Drag South-Africa 2019 launched on Saturday 02 February 2019, with a dinner and media attending the launch at Berta’s in Woodstock, Cape Town.
The entries close on Friday 15 March 2019, of which the finalists and semi-finalists will be invited on a weekend bootcamp, the first weekend in May 2019, in preparation of the title and the run-up towards to the gala evening on 04 October 2019. The venue for the Bootcamp will be confirmed.
By Gavin Hayward
A young gay man who left a well-paid government job and fled from Zambia because of his sexual orientation has been denied refugee status by the South African Department of Home Affairs.
Homosexuality is punishable by 14 years imprisonment in Zambia where sections 155 to 157 of the Penal Code says “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” is a felony. This provision dates from when Zambia was Northern Rhodesia and part of the homophobic British Empire.
Anold Mulaisho realised he was gay when he was 14 at boarding school. In January 2016 he started working for the Zambian Department of Water Affairs but made the mistake a few months later of telling his boss that he was gay and had a boyfriend. The news spread rapidly and he had to leave Zambia in a hurry as he feared being arrested.
With almost half of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) South Africans experiencing discrimination, OUT LGBT Well-being has launched the Love Not Hate Legal Clinic.
The free service, based at OUT's Pretoria office and funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), aims to provide legal advice, resources and information to members of the LGBTI community.
The Love Not Hate Legal Clinic is staffed by Moude Maodi-Swartz, a Paralegal who is pursuing her Bachelor in Law at the University of South Africa. OUT also has access to various legal services and works closely with other human rights NGOs, law firms and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
"Due to the high rate of injustices against the LGBTI community, OUT has identified a dire need for this kind of service," says Maodi-Swartz. "We aim to empower and encourage LGBTI individuals to take action against perpetrators using legislation and human rights mechanisms that they are entitled to.”
In Afghanistan, as part of an illegal but traditional practice, men recruit young boys, luring them with gifts and money with the intention of having sex with them. They do it under the guise of a disgusting old sexual traditional practice called “bacha bazi” (boy play).
The practice has been widely discussed — for example, in The New York Times, Newsweek and The Daily Mail. Further coverage comes in a video documentary titled ‘They don’t just dance’ that is now available online through RTDoc – an English-language documentary channel created by Russia’s government-backed media company RT.
The documentary shows how under-aged boys are recruited and taught how to dance like women in parties organized by rich folks, who then later select their favorite boy for sex.
In Afghanistan, this is not viewed as homosexuality, even though there are strict laws prohibiting the act.
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