South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 09/09/2022

Teen suicides are a clarion call to protect queer children

The queer community is still reeling from the tragic death of Tiro Moalusi. The Soweto teenager took his own life on 16 August after he was allegedly humiliated by a student teacher because…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2022

Powerful Anglican bishops call on ‘homosexual practices’ to be rejected because gay sex is a sin

On Tuesday (2 August), bishops of the Anglican Communion from across the globe held a confidential discussion on sexuality and human dignity. The once-a-decade Lambeth Conference, which brings together international bishops of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2022

WQMD – Experiences, Stories and Evolution of SA Drag Culture.

The art of drag has taken the world by storm, with the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise making it a truly global phenomenon. In this episode, Shenay sits down with three proudly South…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2022

South Africa Islamic group issues edict that condemns homosexuality

A group of queer Muslims in South Africa have rejected the South African Muslim Judicial Council’s new edict that condemns homosexuality as sinful and unIslamic. The fatwa the the South African Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2022

‘We’re here:’ Queer communities in Africa are struggling to be seen

Parades, flags and celebrations are all important to queer communities in Africa as they seek greater visibility and acceptance, despite the threats faced by many throughout the continent. Many people have now…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

Survey notes mixed levels of LGBTQ, intersex rights support among young Africans

A recent survey by the South Africa-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation that gauged the level of LGBTQ and intersex tolerance on the continent has received mixed reactions from some of Africa’s advocacy groups. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2022

South African queer Muslims denounce hateful fatwa.

A group of South African queer Muslims and allies have asserted that it is indeed possible to be LGBTQIA+ and Muslim, in defiance of a recent anti-LGBTQIA+ fatwa. Last week, the South…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2022

KwaZulu-Natal LGBTQI+ community living in fear amid frequent attacks

The group feels threatened and the continuous attacks have worsened matters. The LGBTQI+ community in KwaZulu-Natal says they are still not safe. This is despite various campaigns aimed at educating communities to acknowledge…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

A photographer’s radical vision of a Black lesbian beauty pageant

In pageants around the world, beauty and femininity ideals have long been upheld and rarely challenged. A photograph by the artist Zanele Muholi is a bold declaration of Black queer beauty --…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2022

Hundreds attend southern Africa LGBTQ development conference.

A number of LGBTQ rights groups from across southern Africa participated in a recent conference in Cape Town, South Africa, that focused on how to advance equality in the region against the…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2022

History! LGBTQI+ organisation raises Pride flag on Robben Island

Robben Island, located just off the coast of Cape Town was used as a prison between 1961 and 1996. Former president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year prison sentence on…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2022

LGBTQI people on the continent are ‘children of the Africa soil’, says activist

LGBTI activist groups and their allies are gathering in Cape Town this week to discuss the progress being made to advance equality, freedom, and social inclusion for LGBTI people. The week-long conference -…

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