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LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 02/17/2021

ID changes proposed to include transgender, intersex and non-binary identities

A new draft policy suggests a major review of the identity management system to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in order to include various categories to better represent those who identify…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2021

Move to make state gender identity more inclusive in SA

Move to make state gender identity more inclusive in SA Article by Roberto Igual | January 12, 2021 | In HEADLINES The South African government wants to update the country’s gender identity…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2021

SA may be getting random ID numbers – or an ‘X’ for transgender people

The department of home affairs is considering assigning random identity numbers to South Africans, to replace the current structured, 11-digit system. Random ID numbers are more secure and private, it says. They…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2020

Muslim school accused of expelling pupil over lesbian claims

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating a private religious school in Johannesburg for allegedly throwing out a pupil who was “accused” of being lesbian. The Citizen reported that the family…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2020

Keep on talking: gay imam engages Africans in pandemic

It's hard to pull up a chair and talk sex or fly imams over closed borders for gender training in a pandemic. But Imam Muhsin Hendricks wasn't about to let COVID-19 destroy…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2020

African churches: Why preach love, then imprison gays?

Why do people who preach love every Sunday want people put in prison for what they do in the privacy of their bedrooms? That was one of the questions — especially regarding…

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ADDED ON: 11/08/2020

Zanele Muholi review – portraiture as activism

There is an image so astonishing in this epochal exhibition you can hardly tear your eyes away. It is a self-portrait by the great South African photographer Zanele Muholi. The non-binary artist…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2020

Where homosexuality is still illegal, Pope Francis has thrown a lifeline to L.G.B.T. Catholics

Janine Scott-dos Santos said she hesitated and prayed about the possibility of legalizing her relationship with her long-time partner. South Africa, where Ms. Scott-dos Santos lives with her partner and their 8-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2020

Trans rights activists and Home Affairs minister agree to work together

Last month, a group of trans, LGBTI+ and allied organisations wrote to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) over its reduction of vital gender-affirming services during the lockdown period. The letter was…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

The Qwelane case: When human rights meet human rights

When there is a clash between rights, then equality and dignity must be the stars that guide us on the path to resolution, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC contends in his written argument in…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Virtual Pride Afrique Festival Brings Socially Distant Visibility to Africa’s Sexual Minorities

JOHANNESBURG - Pride Afrique is the first of its kind, a three-day virtual extravaganza celebrating Africa’s diverse, colorful community of sexual minorities. But behind the glitz and glam, participants say, is a…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2020

Beverley Ditsie: the South African woman who helped liberate lesbians everywhere

Beverley Ditsie first understood what the word “gay” meant while listening to Boy George. She was a teenager in the South African township of Soweto in the early 1980s, obsessed with the…

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