The pop star and master of reinvention spends her milestone in Morocco, picturing herself as a tousled Berber queen, and tweeting this 'almost birthday' selfie
Wearing a Tarboosh hat along with a traditional Amazigh headdress adorned with spikes and trinkets, plus gold necklaces and chunky amber beads, Madonna clearly wanted to make sure no-one forgot her big day.
Posing with a placard written in Arabic - along with the translation "The Queen" - she wrote: "In case someone forgot!"
The day before her birthday, she wrote: "Almost Birthday Selfie. Celebrating Berber. Culture!"
Lifestyle website Moroccan Ladies says the singer will throw a "grand party" in the evening, and Morocco World News writes that "hundreds of celebrities are expected to attend".
A 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.
Go to www.mrgayuniverse.com for more information
youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCDaVtFf0FxCQlpj0kiVsZbA
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.
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.
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.
Last 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
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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