South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

Zambian fleeing from arrest for Homosexuality denied Refugee Asylum in South Africa

A young gay man who left a well-paid government job and fled from Zambia because of his sexual orientation has been denied refugee status by the South African Department of Home Affairs.…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Dutch Reformed Church forced to allow same-sex marriage

A South African court has overturned a decision by the Dutch Reformed Church not to recognise same-sex unions. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria scrapped the church’s policy against gay marriage, stating…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2019

On International Women’s Day: End daily ‘corrective rapes’

Today is International Women’s Day #IWD2019: We celebrate and stand in solidarity with all women, noting their tenacity and fortitude, especially those who courageously survive violence and defy patriarchy. At African HRC,…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2019

As Angola decriminalizes homosexuality, where does the African continent stand?

Angola has done away with criminalizing homosexuality, removing a notorious "vices against nature" provision in its penal code. Other African nations still punish people for same-sex relationships. The reform has been hailed by…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

‘Space to coexist’: Inside South Africa’s LGBT-friendly Mosque

Neatly laid out and facing Mecca, it is the colourful prayer mats arranged in a rainbow pattern that offer the first clue that the Masjid Ul-Umam mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, is…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

Court Decisions on LGBT Rights Echo ‘A Wild Wish’

More than two centuries ago Mary Wollstonecraft laid the foundations for feminist thought with a simple premise: lack of equal opportunity diminished individual self-worth and hobbled social progress. In A Vindication of the…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2019

Countries that allow gay people to serve in army

Months after Supreme Court decriminalised consensual gay sex between adults, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has reignited the debate around gay rights by insisting that homosexuality is not permissible in the military.…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2019

The Cape Town Schools Learning from Trangsgender Students

As an increasing number of young South Africans reveal that their gender identities differ from their sex at birth, schools are learning about the challenges these students face, writes the BBC's Mohammed…

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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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