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LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 10/17/2021

Gay couple hail ‘big win’ in battle over children’s Namibian citizenship

Namibian court ruled on Wednesday that the son of a gay couple, born via surrogacy in South Africa in 2019, is a Namibian citizen by descent, in a decision hailed as "big…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2021

Art’s part in being African and queer

Three years ago the release of John Trengove’s Inxeba (The Wound) set tongues wagging in South Africa. The film, which portrays a troubled romantic relationship between two gay men against the backdrop of…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2021

UCT vice-chancellor apologises to LGBTQIA+ community

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng apologised to the LGBTQIA+ community for a seminar she co-hosted on Sunday, September 4. The seminar, which was hosted by Phakeng…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2021

Combating LGBTQ stigma in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa — It is not based on hearsay that most African countries are against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex among others (LGBTQI+) community primarily because of the…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2021

Anger over UCT Vice Chancellor’s “harmful” webinar on LGBTIQA+ community

Gender diversity organisations have slammed UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng for hosting a social media seminar described as “harmful and hurtful” to the LGBTIQA+ community. Titled, What does science says about LGBTQA+, the…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

I’m fighting for my community’ says Miss South Africa’s first transgender contestant

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The first transgender contestant in South Africa's national beauty pageant, 24-year-old Lehlogonolo Machaba hopes she will inspire greater acceptance of the LGBTQI community. Machaba, a fashion model,…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

Hope that Qwelane judgement will pave way for Hate Crimes Bill

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola has welcomed the Jon Qwelane hate speech judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court. On Friday, the court found in a unanimous ruling that…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2021

Con Court: Jon Qwelane guilty but hate speech definition amended

In a long-fought victory for SA’s LGBT+ community, the Constitutional Court has upheld the Jon Qwelane hate speech conviction but ordered that the Equality Act be amended. On Friday, the court found…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2021

Gay Nigerian priest makes religion serve LGBTQ people

It is impossible to speak of queer identity and culture without acknowledging the important role religion has played in shaping it throughout history. Whether it’s Pope Francis praising the work an American…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2021

South Africa’s patchwork treatment of refugees and asylum seekers shows much to be done to ensure human rights for all

World Refugee Day is commemorated each year on 20 June to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world and of efforts to protect their human rights. According to the…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2021

The hopes and dreams of Africa’s queer activists

It took Dzoe Ahmad weeks of introspection and agonising over whether or not she was ready to share her story with the world. Ahmad, a young Zimbabwean trans woman, says: “I was…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2021

Dirco silent on homophobia row as SA embassy refuses to affirm gay rights in Poland

For the past eight years, South African diplomats in Poland have signed an annual letter alongside other embassies affirming gay rights in one of the most homophobic nations in Europe. This year,…

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