South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 01/27/2023

LGBTQ+ stigma in Gauteng clinics

Released last week, the third edition of the Gauteng State of Health report outlines key challenges people living with HIV, key populations and other public healthcare users face in the province. The research encompassed…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2023

Meet the gay imam changing attitudes from within

The road less travelled is always a lonely journey,” says Muhsin Hendricks. As the world’s first openly gay imam he has experienced plenty of rejection, but now he hopes that a new…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2023

Simon Nkoli’s fight for queer rights in South Africa is finally being celebrated – 24 years after he died

Born in 1957, Simon Tseko Nkoli had just turned 41 when he died, in 1998, of an AIDS-related illness. In his short life, the South African activist fought against different forms of…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2023

Mamba’s 21 most-read queer stories of 2022

The year that was 2022, thankfully, saw a decline in the number of reported LGBTIQ+ hate crimes in South Africa, compared to 2021. There were nonetheless still several deadly attacks against queer…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2022

Cape Town jeweller faces flak after refusing to sell engagement ring to same-sex couple

For the second time in three years a Cape Town jeweller is in trouble with LGBTQIA+ activists for his religious beliefs which he says prevent him from making and selling engagement rings…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2022

LGBTIQ+ entrepreneurs: Unlocking the PLUS within

PLUS. The LGBTI+ Business Network was founded in 2017 – with the backing of America’s National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Other Foundation – as Africa’s first LGBTIQ+ chamber of commerce. Supporting…

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ADDED ON: 10/31/2022

Thousands attend LGBTQ Pride marches in South Africa and Taiwan

Some 3,000 people participated in South Africa's LGBTQ Pride Parade on Saturday, the country's first after celebrations were cancelled for two consecutive years due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, officials in the US had…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Johannesburg LGBT+ Pride marches on despite U.S. terrorism warning

Thousands of people took part in Johannesburg's first LGBT+ Pride march since the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday despite U.S. warnings of a possible terrorist attack in the area. Marchers sang, cheered and…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Two South Africa cities install continent’s first Pride crosswalks

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to install Pride crosswalks in its major cities. Pretoria on Oct. 20 installed the crosswalks. Cape Town followed suit two days later.…

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Nyasha Zhakata – Global Director, The Dream Academy

My name is Nyasha Zhakata (Masi). I’m an out and proud 38-year-old lesbian mom of an incredible daughter. I’m an activist, human rights defender, and the Global Director of The Dream Academy,…

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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