South Africa

LGBT Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 11/30/2018

LGBT+ groups welcome same-sex marriage amendment to bill

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-plus (LGBT+) advocacy groups have welcomed the adoption of the Civil Union Amendment Bill that will compel marriage officers at Home Affairs to officiate at same-sex marriages even…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

South Africa Needs to Oppose Tanzania’s anti-Gay Crackdown

Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown has run into opposition far and wide, but not yet from South Africa, although equal rights for its LGBT citizens are enshrined in the nation’s constitution. South Africa has even…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Canary – A Brilliant Gay Afrikaans Film that Sings its Little Heart Out

It’s the year 2018 and finding an authentic gay character in an Afrikaans film is nearly impossible. Whilst the Afrikaans film industry is booming, it’s yet to give a voice to minorities. …

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ADDED ON: 09/01/2018

South African Soap Shows Lesbian Kiss for the First Time

One of South Africa’s longest-running soaps has featured its first ever lesbian kiss. 7de Laan, which has screened more than 4,000 episodes since it debuted in 2000, showed Amanda – who is currently…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Love is Love: LGBTI Community Calls for Acceptance in Legal Battle

# LOVE is LOVE was the overall message conveyed by members of the gay and lesbian community on Tuesday during the legal challenge in which certain members of the Dutch Reformed Church…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

Two teenage girls in South Africa have been expelled for kissing

Two South African girls have been expelled for kissing each other. The teenagers were thrown out of Durban’s Inanda Seminary, a private Christian boarding school for girls, after seminary officials said they…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Gay and Lesbian Network Faces Closure Due to Cash Crisis

The Gay and Lesbian Network says it will have to shut its doors unless they get a R600‚000 windfall. The Pietermaritzburg-based organisation was founded in 2003 and since its inception has been…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2018

Trans Women Bemoan Violence, Corrective Rape at #TotalShutdown

Transgender women in Durban have been raped by men as a form of punishment and ‘correcting’ them. The LGBTI community have joined the #TotalShutdown Women’s march in Durban where hundreds have joined…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

South African Court Says that Religion is Not a Defense for Homophobic Hate Speech

A South African court has ruled against a pastor who tried to justify anti-gay hate speech with his religious beliefs. Prominent pastor Oscar Bougardt was recently found in contempt of court for making anti-gay…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

South African Pastor Jailed For Blaming Cape Town Drought On Homosexuality

A South African pastor who blamed the Cape Town drought on “wickedness and homosexuality” has been given a 30-day prison sentence. According to South Africa’s News24.com, Oscar Bougardt was found guilty of…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2018

LGBTI Rights: Why Cyril Ramaphosa is a Massive Step up from Jacob Zuma

Cyril Ramaphosa has spent his first week as president launching a charm offensive that many have found hard to resist. He’s impressed everyone from joggers to ooms, and now he looks set…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2018

LGBTQI+ Community Celebrates Election Of Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s queer community joined the rest of the globe this week in celebrating the election of new president Cyril Ramaphosa, who has long been a champion of LGBTQ+ rights in the…

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