South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 11/08/2020

Zanele Muholi review – portraiture as activism

There is an image so astonishing in this epochal exhibition you can hardly tear your eyes away. It is a self-portrait by the great South African photographer Zanele Muholi. The non-binary artist…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2020

Where homosexuality is still illegal, Pope Francis has thrown a lifeline to L.G.B.T. Catholics

Janine Scott-dos Santos said she hesitated and prayed about the possibility of legalizing her relationship with her long-time partner. South Africa, where Ms. Scott-dos Santos lives with her partner and their 8-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2020

Trans rights activists and Home Affairs minister agree to work together

Last month, a group of trans, LGBTI+ and allied organisations wrote to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) over its reduction of vital gender-affirming services during the lockdown period. The letter was…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

The Qwelane case: When human rights meet human rights

When there is a clash between rights, then equality and dignity must be the stars that guide us on the path to resolution, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC contends in his written argument in…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Virtual Pride Afrique Festival Brings Socially Distant Visibility to Africa’s Sexual Minorities

JOHANNESBURG - Pride Afrique is the first of its kind, a three-day virtual extravaganza celebrating Africa’s diverse, colorful community of sexual minorities. But behind the glitz and glam, participants say, is a…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2020

Beverley Ditsie: the South African woman who helped liberate lesbians everywhere

Beverley Ditsie first understood what the word “gay” meant while listening to Boy George. She was a teenager in the South African township of Soweto in the early 1980s, obsessed with the…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

Will SAPS finally release LGBTIQ hate crimes stats?

South African Police Commissioner Khehla Sithole has indicated that the SAPS is committed to releasing crime statistics that specify LGBTIQ hate crimes. But are these even being recorded as such? On Friday,…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2020

In America’s summer of discontent, a transgender doctor becomes a flashpoint

In Johannesburg, three decades ago, the homophobes were out in force: bible-thumpers trying to save our souls; right-wingers with their AWB swastikas. Last week, too, there were missionaries galore, with bibles and…

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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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