South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 07/03/2020

South Africa: Officials banned from ‘refusing to marry’ same-sex couples

There has been a major victory for same-sex couples looking to tie the knot in South Africa, after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed a rule which forbids religious and administrative…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

Despite racial marginalization, Black transgender women “at the front” of the LGBT movement

The 51st annual Pride Month was commemorated amidst the coronavirus pandemic and a national and international uprising against anti-Black racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The origins…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2020

From Kenya to Canada, support grows worldwide for homosexuality

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising broadly across the world, according to a survey published on Thursday, even as sharp divisions persist by region and economic development. Support has grown from as far…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2020

LGBTQI+ youth still have a long way to go to be truly free in South Africa

This Youth Day, as much as we look back on that iconic moment in South Africa's history that was the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where young men and women defied the apartheid system…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

Health care for SA’s LGBT+ community needs boost

South Africa’s LGBTI community continues to face extreme discrimination and inadequate health care. Every day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face violence, exclusion and discrimination in South Africa. To…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2020

Across Africa, Pandemic Lockdowns Risk Violating Human Rights

More than half of Africa’s 54 countries are restricting people’s movements in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, with regulations ranging from evening curfews to the total lockdowns that have…

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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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