Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CALIFORNIA GAY MARRIAGES BANNED UNTIL 2011

"A California appeals court has extended the ban on gay marriages until the end of the year. After US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, weddings were meant to begin on Tuesday at 5pm. Opponents of same-sex marriages made a last minute dash to the 9th District Court of Appeals last night, successfully arguing that the ban should stay in place until they have appealed. The court demanded that gay marriage opponents must argue why they have the legal standing to bring the case to court.


Pink News reports California Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown are the legal defendants in the case but both have refused to support it. Last week, they both called for Judge Walker to lift the ban immediately."-DNA Magazine, http://www.dnamagazine.com.au/

COULD THEY MAKE UP THEIR MINDS ALREADY!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE...BOYS!

BABYLON THE CLUB SOUTH LAKE CENTRE LENCHEN ROAD NORTH
Centurion, South Africa
August 28 at 8:00pm - August 29 at 4:00am
http://www.babylontheclub.co.za/

Hello my sweets Blossoms.

The birds are doing it, the bees are doing it. And even educated fleas are doing it! Let’s party and fall in love- because spring is in the air.Ahhh we can finally put away those winter jackets and layers of close, and dress like we always do. As little as possible! This means hot boys without shirts on the dance floor shaking what their mammas gave them for our delight to watch and drool!

if you’re in... the party mood and want to celebrate spring with us, they don’t miss our spring party this Saterday-28 August as we warm it up and celebrate the beginning of life and all that’s hot and sexy in the world! Babylon is the place to be this spring as we promise to bring you the best in clubbing entertainment that will not only warm up your nites,but will leave you begging for more! We have a great line up of events for the next two months which includes the event of the year-Gay Pride 2010.But we will keep you posted on that!

Get ready for our Flower Power party this Saturday and dress the theme as we will be giving away prizes for the best dress and hottest guy on the dance floor! Invite your friends and don’t be a Pansy (and we don’t mean the flower) and make Babylon your number 1 clubbing choice as you know we won’t let you down. We still have the best music and funky club vibe around and with our affordable drinks you are sure to have a good time.
There are Bone Wear give-aways from Mr Gay South Africa/World 2010, Charl Van den Berg and there will be a Tatoo artist tatooing non- permanent tatoos, You can stand a chance in winning permanent tatoos!!!

                                                   HAPPY HOUR!!!

Buy one drink and get one FREE on selected drinks before 10 pm.
We hope to see you all this Saturday as we Celebrate Spring the only way we know how-THE GAY WAY!!!!!

Remember-Power to the flower!

Doors open at 20h00pm.Entrance fee is R50.
South Lake Centre, Cnr Lenchen North and South Road, Centurion.

Babylon-A new Dimension in Gay Clubbing. We will Rock You!

Monday, August 23, 2010

No gays in Iran, says Ahmadinejad

THE AVTIVIST:

"I grew up in fear, and I'm used to it. After a while, the fear becomes a part of life and you stop being afraid."


This is a statement made by an Iranian Gay Rights Activist. In a short article written on Gay life in Iran, some of the people tell of having secret social meetings where they are able to be open to each other and share their stories, while other speak of being set up, kidnaped and raped by Iranian militia.

 When he recalls what he went through, he describes it as if it was a nightmare.


"At that moment when they blindfold you, even though you expect terrible things to happen, you still don't believe it," he says. "I simply cried. When they beat you it's like a dream, you think you'll wake up at any moment."
He almost can't recall the rape, because he fainted almost immediately and woke up to find himself naked and alone in the room.
In an attempt to explain Ahmadinejad's 2007 claim that there are no homosexuals in Iran, Faruh says, "According to religion, there can't be homosexuals – that's what they believe. Religion says we're all the same, we're all normal, get married, have children, and only a few choose to amuse themselves with other things."
"According to Iranian law", he continues, "the only illegal aspect is the act itself of sexual intercourse between men, but in order to be charged, someone needs to witness the act."

Recently they had their version of PRIDE, a quiet meeting in a house, after which they went for a drive, with rainbow flags waving proudly...inside the car.

TO MARCH OR NOT TO MARCH

Hey there folks

With Johannesburg's Gay Pride around the corner (http://www.joburgpride.org/) I have come across a lot of debate over whether or not there is still a need for PRIDE marches, especially in SA. Some people feel that we have gained what we wanted and we now have a pretty liberal constitution that allows us the rights we once fought for. Some feel that it should be tansformed into a different kind of celebration or sorts and others feel that it should just be taken away completely as it has become a specticle to the 'straight' world out there and paints a wrong picture of what it means to be gay.

I have posted a new poll to see what you guys out there feel. Is there a need for Pride Parades? What is your opinion on Pride? Has it become a spectacle, or does it still have a very important role to play in our society? Why do you really attend Pride?

Let me hear your thoughts

Love
Charl

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mr.Gay World 2011, PHILIPPINES

Charl Kwela.wmv

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Out.com Exclusives | The Greatest, Gayest Videos of All Time

Out.com Exclusives The Greatest, Gayest Videos of All Time

Hey ya'll!

Well here is something on more lighthearted note! Take a look at these 'gayest' videos of all time, and think back at where you were at the time of the release of it....the outcome might be a bit scary...LOL

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

South Asian LGBT Community Marches in India Day Parade - WNYC

South Asian LGBT Community Marches in India Day Parade - WNYC


TO BE OR NOT TO BE....GAY!

Here is an article I read in Advocate Magazine's Online page recently (http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/08/14/A_Treatment_for_Lesbianism/)

I thought you guys might find it interresting:

A hormonal treatment given to pregnant mothers who are at risk of giving birth to babies with ambiguous genitalia is raising concern among some researchers and gay activists because the treatment also decreases the likelihood that the baby will grow up a lesbian, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The General idea is to prevent the developement of 'ambiguous genitalia' but there is a concern that Prenatal Dexamethasone Therapy  might be the first step to genetically engineering your child's sexual orientation, in other words, parents can choose to engineer their kids to NOT be gay.

Needless to say, this leaves us with quite a few questions and cencerns for the unborn child.

What truly determines sexuality or even more so sexual orientation in the womb? What if the born child realises that the organs he/she was 'engineered' with are not what he/she wants? Does this kind of treatment really 'cure' homosexuality, and why the heck do you need a cure for Homosexuality in the first place? Does it mean they will also be able to engineer people to NOT be  homophobic?

What do you think?

Friday, August 13, 2010

THE SOUTH REGIONAL FINALS FOR MR GAY SOUTH AFRICA 2010

The South Regional Finals of Mr. Gay South Africa 2010 was held in Cape Town on 07 August 2010 at The Glen Boutique Hotel in Sea Point with Chris Hattingh, manager and co-owner, who hosted the event.
The judges were Mr. Gay South Africa 2009 finalist Shahin Eskandar, renowned Brazilian fashion designer and previous coordinator of the Miss Universe™ pageant in West Africa, Luiz de la Ja; Gary de Klerk, experienced Mr. Gay South Africa™ judge and editor of Pink Tongue; and Blaine Shapiro-Dodds, brand executive of radio station Good Hope FM.
The contestants competed in an interview section, which counted for 50% of their total, and in formal wear, jeans and underwear by Bone Wear, the Official Underwear Sponsor of Mr. Gay South Africa™.

The winner, who was announced after the top five were called to the stage in matching black sports shirts with the South African flag prominently displayed, was André Lammers, 23, a drama student and part-time model, who is finishing his studies this year. First runner-up was 34-year old Errol Stroebel, food and beverage manager of the well-known Cullinan Hotel, who was also placed in the Mr. Cape Town Pride pageant and 2nd runner-up was Ernest Gravett, whose supporters made up a very lively first row of the audience. Wandile Mbunyuza of Khayelitsha, a volunteer worker for Health 4 Men, took the Mr. Personality crown.
The winner, AndrĂ© Lammers, won prizes in excess of R20 000, including a R6 000 bursary from Official Learning Partner of Mr. Gay South Africa™, College SA, a R6 000 diamond and precious stones pendant set in white gold, from Official Jeweller to Mr. Gay South Africa™, CW Design Jewellers, a weekend away sponsored by Durban View Guesthouse in Durban, a voucher from Bone Wear and the main prize, a cruise on the MSN Sinfonia to Mozambique from 15 – 19 November 2010, co-sponsored by Mr. Gay South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Official Cruise Sponsor, Alternative Travel.

(article provided by Coenie Kukkuk)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS:

I had the honour to be a judge at Babylon's firt ever Face Of Babylon Competition!

I was truly pleased at the well organised event and the support for the communtiy was incredible!
what I loved about it the most was the fact that they did not lable it a "Mr or Ms" Babylon. This left room for a variety of entrants, something far more appropriate and suited for members of the Rainbow Flag!The entertainment was provided by some of Joburg (and definately SA's) BEST drag artists and truly made the event even more worth while attending (not a lot of extroadinary acts out there anymore, but these girl had the crowd eating out of their hands).





But the man (in this case) of the hour was no other than Andre J. Smith, a 23 year old guy with more to him than meets the eye! From the word "GO" he had the adience cheering away and ater hearing his introduction speech, i could see this man meant bussiness! Needless to say, he walked off with not just the title of  FACE OF BABYLON, but also with Best Personality as well as Best Dressed. He truly fulfilled ALL those roles and suffice to say, I made him swear on his grave that he would enter Mr Gay South Africa 2010-lol!

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Hey there all

Last week I posted a question to you all from a lady who was concerned about the treatment kids with gay parents get in school. There were a lot of mixed emotions concerning this topic. A few of you felt that we as gay couples have the right to have kids, that it formed part of our rights in society and that the problem lay more with the education children received from their parents with regards to people/families who were 'different' to them. Others felt that it was not fair to the children to be put through even more pressure at school than what they already face on a daily basis.I thank you for all your input.

Today, I am posting a letter I received from a gay couple who recently became fathers. This time we get to see things from the parents point of view. I think you might find this interresting:

"Since the birth of our twins, 13 June 2010, we have battled with Home Affairs to get our twin boys registered with both our surnames.

Due to the recent change on the Children's Act, we did not have to undergo the procedure of adoption. As I am the biological and natural father to the children and we are married, we only had to submit our application to the High Court to declare us as the legal parents. Which we have done and the High Court signed a Court Order on 22 June 2010, declaring us the legal parents.
According to Home Affairs staff, we as a same-sex couple can not register our children with both our surnames due to the fact that a man can not give birth to a child. Home Affairs insists that the birth mother's name should be listed on the birth certificates. However the High Court has signed a Court Order declaring my husband and I as the legal parents to the children. We have completed all the necessary applications for re-registration on 29 June 2010, documents were only handed to Home Affairs head office (by hand) on 02 July 2010. Home Affairs has been sitting with our applications and all other related documents for over a month now, only when I called the offices did they started making work of our case. We have been lied to by staff of Home Affairs, whereby they told us that our applications were with their legal department and that they were awaiting an instruction from their legal department. Subsequently I have found out (from the legal department, Litigation Officer) that our case was only brought to their attention on 05 August 2010.

It has been well over a month now that we have been waiting for the Abridge Birth Certificates. I have written emails and have spoken to several people, and still I am being told that they are looking into the matter. Today our case has been brought to the attention of the Office to the Director-General, thanks to the Democratic Alliance for their assistance. However, this being said I must still wait until Thursday to see if the next person could do anything about the registrations. When gay-marriages were legalized, Home Affairs had done all the necessary changes on all documents pertaining to registration of the marriage. However they have not made any attempt to make the necessary changes on the Registration documents for the registration of a child/ren born to same-sex couples through surrogacy.

When a heterosexual couple register a child that was born to them through surrogacy, there seems to be no questions asked as there is a male and female listed as father and mother of the child. But when two men or two women want to register a child/ren born to them through surrogacy, a thousand questions are asked and rude remarks are passed. In my view and opinion it is nothing but discrimination against gay people and I find it a violation of my human rights. The fact of the matter remains that in 2001 a similar case was brought to the constitutional court and the High Court then made a ruling that section 5 of the Childrens Act of 1987 was unconstitutional.

In nine years Home Affairs have done nothing to change any documentation pertaining to the registration of children born through surrogacy to same-sex couples."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

QUICK QUESTION:

Ok, so for those of you who were wondering what the whole 'Solar Flares and such 'heading was about, i was just thinking maybe the Solar Flare had something to do with it.

Back to the Quick Question:

I recently spoke to a lady about the idea of one day wanting Children of my own. She replied with the question: "Do you think its right, I mean for Gay Couples to have kids?" I responded by asking her what she meant by that question? She said that she knows a gay couple who's kids are in the same school as her grand children, and that these kids are constantly being teased because their parents are 'diferent' that the others and she didnt feel that it was fair on the kids to be put through such issues.

So, this weeks poll is this (and im going to post the very word she asked me): IS IT FAIR ON THE KIDS TO HAVE GAY PARENTS?

Go and make your mark, and please feel free to post your own opinions on my blog. I would really love to hear both sides of the story. Especially from gay couples who do have kids.

till lata

Charl

SLOAR FLARES AND SUCH!

So without any doubt I'm sure you all will aggree with me that this week's major story is the judgement on Proposition 8.
For those of you who do not know yet, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker this week declared Proposition 8 uncostitutional and said that "California "has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions". The ruling was the first in the country to strike down a marriage ban on federal constitutional grounds. Previous cases have cited state constitutions. To read more about this story go to: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-gay-marriage-california-20100805,0,2696248.story .

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

THE FACE OF BABYLON 2010

Sunday the 8th August will be the final event in this years FACE OF BABYLON, you may still enter by downloading the entry form and emailing it to Graham. We will also have a Scout on Saturday night handing out forms to some of our patron that he would like to be entered into the event.

Remember Monday is a public holiday and the party can only get bigger.

First Prize is R5000 and two tickets on the Babylon Cruise happening in Nove...mber.

So come on Boiz... GET NOTICED!

You CAN be the FACE of BABYLON!


Contact Info:

Email: info@babylontheclub.co.za
Website: http://www.babylontheclub.co.za/
Location: South Lake Center cnr. Lenchen Street North and South rd
               Centurion, South Africa

MR GAY SOUTH AFRICA- SOUTH REGIONAL FINALS

 We are looking forward to a wonderful event with sexy boys, a great singer, good company and more - Cape Town, the Mr. Gay South Africa™ 2010 road show is on its way to YOU ...
Bookings received are fast approaching the amount of seats we have hired, please mail NOW if you want to book - otherwise standing room only, which is also limited. Mail hennie@mrgaysouthafrica.co.za with 'Cape Town' in the heading and amount of guests.

Possible contestants - you have 32 hours to enter still - until close of business tomorrow, Wed. 4th of Aug. NB: Men of colour are encouraged to enter to reflect the racial diversity of our country.

Remember, prizes of R20 000 are on offer, and much more if you qualify -see prizes listed here: http://www.mrgaysouthafrica.co.za/prizes. You will also receive a set of Bone Wear designer underwear just by entering. You have nothing to lose – we are there to prepare and rehearse you … and show the best you have, not to embarrass you. Quite the contrary.

My mother always says - 'You can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket ..." ;-)

This is more than a lottery - it's 50% personality as well!

See you this weekend.

For more info go to: http://www.mrgaysouthafrica.co.za/

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