Another VIP Winner! Thank you #jhbpride!

Wow, hello my friends! – With the generosity of the organisers for #jhbpride 2013, I have been able to draw another winner:

Jessica Cramer you have won two VIP tickets to #jhbpride 2013. Please send us lotsa tweets (add me @NocturnalWenchy) so I can experience the pride VIP style with you. Congrats!!!

Please e-mail me at wenchy@mweb.co.za your e-mail address and phone number to forward to the pride organisers.

I wish you enough,

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Some history I read:

The first-ever African Gay and Lesbian  Pride Parade took place in Johannesburg in 1990. Fewer than a thousand people  attended. Some wore paper bags over their heads so as not be identified. In  subsequent years, Joburg Pride has grown in size and visibility.

In 2003, there were almost 20 000 participants. While it has also become  less political and more celebratory in nature, the Pride Parade remains, at its  core, a call for gay and lesbian equality and recognition of the nation’s rich  diversity.

In early 2007, a new section 21 non-profit company was formed to create a  world-class pride celebration.

South Africa’s 1996 Constitution is the first and only Constitution in the  world that explicitly guarantees protection from discrimination on the grounds  of sexual orientation. But despite many changes to the laws, lesbian and gay  people still experience discrimination in their homes, communities and  workplaces.

Pride is an international tradition, celebrated in most major cities around  the world. This usually consists of a parade or march, and associated  entertainment, social and educational events that aim to raise the visibility of  gays and lesbians. Pride also serves as a celebration of the LGBT community and  in many countries has become a significant local and international destination  event.

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Winner! VIP Ticket Give-away! Johannesburg Pride Event :)

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Hello dear friends –

The winner of two VIP #jhbpride tickets : Lara Oberholzer! I hope you will have a most fantastic time. Please e-mail me on wenchy@mweb.co.za : your e-mail address and phone number to pass on. ENJOY!

I wish you enough,

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PS. A bit of trivia as to how the rainbow became the symbol of gay rights! Do notice the mention of the fabulous Judy Garland in the article below 🙂

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When and why did the rainbow become a symbol of gay rights? The original article is below.

 Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. Email him at Forrest.Wickman@slate.com.

Streets around the world will be decked in rainbows this week as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community celebrates LGBT Pride Month. Why is gay pride represented by rainbows?

Closeted gay people historically used bright colors to signal their homosexuality to each other. Oscar Wilde was famous for wearing a trademark green carnation on his lapel, and the flower is thought to have been used by him and other Londoners and Parisians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to quietly express their orientation. Novelist Robert Hitchens described the phenomenon in 1894’s The Green Carnation, and the book in part spurred Wilde’s trial for sodomy. Yellow was used for the same purpose in Australia. According to the book Sunshine and Rainbows, a study of gay culture in Queensland, “If you wanted to attract the attention of the same sex, displaying a pair of bright yellow socks often did the trick.” During the Holocaust, gay men were forced to wear pink triangles, and that symbol has since been reclaimed by the gay community. Purple also became a popular symbol of gay pride in the 1960s and 1970s, when San Franciscans tried to make a symbol of “the Purple Hand” and gay Bostonians put up posters emblazoned with a purple rhino.

The rainbow, however, wasn’t popularized as an official symbol of the gay community until the 1970s. In 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed what is believed to be the first modern gay pride flag by combining eight stripes, each a different color with its own symbolism: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the human spirit. When he wanted to manufacture the flag for sale, he found that hot pink wasn’t as available as the other colors, and so the flag dropped to seven colors. Baker later dropped indigo to maintain an even number, and the flag arrived at its contemporary six colors. When San Francisco gay activists marched to protest the 1978 assassination of city supervisor Harvey Milk, they marched with Baker’s flags.

Pop culture also gave the rainbow resonance with gay activists, perhaps because of Judy Garland and her signature song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Garland was a major star to the gay community throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Gay men came out in droves for her performances, and, from World War II forward, many in the LGBT community referred to themselves as “friends of Dorothy,” a phrase that seems to have derived from Garland’s performance in The Wizard of Oz. The pivotal riots at the Stonewall Inn occurred just hours after Garland’s funeral, and her death may have helped provoke the unrest. Garland had earlier bragged, “When I die I have visions of fags singing ‘Over the Rainbow’ and the flag at Fire Island being flown at half mast.” Garland died in 1969, before the popularization of the modern LGBT flag, but some Fire Island houses were reportedly draped in black.

Of course, rainbows and rainbow flags carry significance outside the LGBT community. The rainbow is an important symbol in the Bible, representing a promise of peace from God to Noah, and some Christian groups have used that symbol in their iconography. The German anti-Lutheran leader Thomas Müntzer flew a rainbow flag during the Peasant War in an effort to show that God was on his movement’s side. Hippies sometimes used a rainbow flag when marching for peace in the 1960s and 1970s, which may have helped inspire Baker’s design.

VIP Ticket Give-away! The 24th annual LGBTIAQ Johannesburg Pride Event

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Hello my friends,

It appears a rainbow party all week-long with the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on until the 27th of October 2013 at Hyde Park, as well as #jhbpride kicking off with its Pre-Party on Wednesday night at Café Culture in Fourways. Glitter for everyone!

To add to the fun for so many of my friends and followers, I have two VIP tickets to give away for added sparkle to the 24th annual LGBTIAQ Johannesburg Pride Event:

VIP tickets Include:

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Pre–Party on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at the fabulous Café Culture in Fourways. Between 18h30 and 20h30 snacks and Stoli Cocktails will be served and I am sure the party doesn’t end there!

(I have no idea what a Stoli Cocktail is so tweet me a pic at @NocturnalWenchy please! Oh, as I write this I am ten followers away from 3 000! Make my day…! Follow me on Twitter dammit.)

VIP Tickets include Pride VIP parking (I looked at the map, you want this!), access to Pride VIP Garden (right next to the stage), food hall, spirit & shooter bar, MR GSA, Pink Loerie Wine Bar (that just sounds fancy), the media and celebrity hangout…. where I am sure you may find the awesome @Gordon_Grieve… (from Beefcakes – yes, I am shameless…) no secret my money is on him for a MR GSA win!

For those not lucky enough to win tickets, they can be purchased from Webtickets (conveniently you can also purchase tickets for the Beauty and Wellbeing Expo at Webtickets – awesome PRODUCT give-aways next week… Yay!).

So, to win two VIP tickets to attend #jhbpride in style, please answer this easy question in the comment section of my fabulous blog. Right hand corner of the blog post darlings who couldn’t find it before. 🙂

The winner will be selected by a random draw and will be announced on Tuesday afternoon, 22 October at 16h00.

Question: Where can you purchase your VIP Pride tickets to show your true colours at #jhbpride?

I wish you enough,

Wenchy

“I’m a supporter of gay rights.  And not a closet supporter either.  From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community.  There are so many qualities that make up a human being… by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
―     Paul Newman

Beauty and Wellbeing Expo Ticket giveaway – Who is going? EVERYONE!

Hello my friends,

I love being able to spoil people! The ticket give-away for @bwellbeingexpo #itsallaboutyou has been won by:

1. Blackhoff
2. Denise Cross
3. Jassika Sheikh
4. Carin

Each person will receive two tickets to @bwellbeingexpo that will be e-mailed to you.

Congratulations and ENJOY!

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Ticket give-away for the Beauty & Wellbeing Expo

Hello friends,

I love my self proclaimed “spa days” but it doesn’t begin to touch what is on offer at the Beauty & Wellbeing Expo that is taking place from the 26th – 27th October 2013 at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

For bookings and a full list of exhibitors, please visit: http://www.beautyandwellbeing.co.za

“A lot of time and care went into selecting our exhibitors,” says Beauty & Wellbeing Organiser, Phillip Wood. “Our four main focus areas are ‘Hair and Beauty’, ‘Health & Fitness, ‘Spa’ and ‘Medical Aesthetics’ and it was important for us to find those companies and organisations that not only represented these different elements of the show, but would also be able to offer our visitors something special and unique.”

The Beauty & Wellbeing Expo will feature the following:

The leading professional skincare brands, consumer brands and outlets.

Professional hair care & related consumer brands.
 
Spa Village – an area featuring the leading Spas in Africa. You will also be able to experience a spa treatment in one of our purpose-built treatment rooms. 

Fitness, health, well-being and nutrition zone. 

Live stage demonstrations featuring the latest trends in hair and beauty treatments.

Medical Aesthetics treatments. 

Holistic Beauty Zone 

Expo Times are as follows:
 
Saturday, 26 October 2013: 09h30 – 17h00 
Sunday, 27 October 2013:   09h30 – 16h00
 
I have two tickets to give away to a the Beauty & Wellbeing Expo!! Later in the week I will also be featuring a hamper… Yay!!

1. It is a good idea to gσ-и-fσℓℓσω ▷▶ my blog. 🙂

2. Like facebook.com/beautyand wellbeingexpo and/or follow @bwellbeingexpo hashtag #itsallaboutyou on twitter or for more updates.

3. Leave the answer to this easy question in the comment space on my blog. (Right hand corner of this post)

4. Draw will take place this coming Tuesday at 3pm.

Question: Where is the Beauty & Wellbeing Expo being held?

I wish you enough,
Wenchy