South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 03/25/2020

Mogadishu’s refugees ‘waiting for death’ as Covid-19 reaches Somalia

In the Nabadoon camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Asho Abdullahi Hassan, a 40-year-old mother of seven, has heard about the coronavirus on the radio. “I am very scared about this deadly…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

LGBTQ community unites to empower one another

It is said that for years, the LGBT or LGBTQ community has been overlooked and discriminated against. Over the past weekend, the LGBTQ community came together to find solutions to the problems…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

South Africa opens continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre

LGBT+ South Africans said the continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre, which opened on Tuesday, would spare gay and trans people the shame, rejection and confusion that they often face when seeking medical…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2020

Africa’s policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here’s how

Questions of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have continued to divide opinion across the globe. This is primarily driven by legal, cultural and religious beliefs and interpretations. In Africa, colonial-heritage…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2020

Change to the Refugees Act moves South Africa much closer to Donald Trump’s America

Since its inception, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa has protected South Africa from its government. A document heralded internationally as a model of democratic rights, the Constitution guarantees all…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

Lesbian couple left ‘overwhelmed with anger’ as South Africa venue declines their wedding

A South African wedding venue is facing criticism after the Christian owners declined to host a lesbian couple's wedding. Megan Watling, 25, and Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, said they contacted the owners of…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2020

AIDS, the Catholic Church and LGBT issues today

In the series finale of ‘Plague,’ we look at what’s happening in the church in HIV and AIDS care today and then reflects on comments and questions from listeners about the ongoing…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

How gender norms affect anti-LBGT prejudice around the world

A study conducted in 20 countries across the globe has shown that prejudice and discrimination against the LGBT community remains deep-rooted. In order to determine the ways in which these forms of…

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ADDED ON: 11/07/2019

‘Stigma follows us’: Cape Town’s homeless, transgender women fight for recognition

Beneath a bridge in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock, a strung-together network of blankets serves as a refuge for a group of women fighting stigma on many fronts. SistaazHood, a group…

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ADDED ON: 10/29/2019

South Africa: Christians show pride in gay community

The queer community at Joburg Pride on Saturday in Sandton were joined by an oddly unexpected group of individuals who have historically condemned their existence – Christians. This time though the intention…

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ADDED ON: 09/11/2019

Remembering and Celebrating South Africa’s Iconic LGBTQI+ Women

The shards of South Africa’s fragmented history share a common thread throughout; at the core is a struggle for equality and visibility. Over the course of the country’s fight for democracy, there…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2019

Johannesburg holds city’s first black, queer ball

LGBTQ people gathered in Johannesburg recently for the city’s first official black queer ball. Organizers say the event was to create a safe space for people in their community. “How this ball…

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