South Africa

LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 06/30/2022

KwaZulu-Natal LGBTQI+ community living in fear amid frequent attacks

The group feels threatened and the continuous attacks have worsened matters. The LGBTQI+ community in KwaZulu-Natal says they are still not safe. This is despite various campaigns aimed at educating communities to acknowledge…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2022

A photographer’s radical vision of a Black lesbian beauty pageant

In pageants around the world, beauty and femininity ideals have long been upheld and rarely challenged. A photograph by the artist Zanele Muholi is a bold declaration of Black queer beauty --…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2022

Hundreds attend southern Africa LGBTQ development conference.

A number of LGBTQ rights groups from across southern Africa participated in a recent conference in Cape Town, South Africa, that focused on how to advance equality in the region against the…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2022

History! LGBTQI+ organisation raises Pride flag on Robben Island

Robben Island, located just off the coast of Cape Town was used as a prison between 1961 and 1996. Former president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year prison sentence on…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2022

LGBTQI people on the continent are ‘children of the Africa soil’, says activist

LGBTI activist groups and their allies are gathering in Cape Town this week to discuss the progress being made to advance equality, freedom, and social inclusion for LGBTI people. The week-long conference -…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2022

Gay man killed in Cape Town as Parliament considers Hate Crimes Bill

The family of a man allegedly murdered for being gay is calling for justice as Parliament continues to ponder the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which has…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2022

Iranti helps transgender persons to amend their ID book gender markers

In South Africa no express law exists for Transgender and non-gender-conforming persons to amend their gender markers, except for Act 49. This act allows transgender persons who have begun their medical transition,…

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ADDED ON: 03/16/2022

Mamelodi school agrees to LGBTI-inclusive uniform policy.

Rights group Access Chapter 2 (AC2) recently assisted a group of LGBTI+ learners who were discriminated against by a Gauteng school’s exclusionary uniform rules. The organisation was approached by an LGBTI+ pupil…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2022

Lesbian who faced having to adopt her own children wins right to be named mother.

A lesbian in South Africa will no longer have to adopt her own children to be recognised as their mother after a landmark court ruling. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2022

We need more black gay men in the public sector

Do gay men face employment discrimination in the public sector? There are many views but little to no data related to this question. Many gay men report experiencing discrimination in hiring and…

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Aspiring Community Activist Josh Stols on the South African Testosterone Shortage

Josh Stols is an aspiring community activist from Johannesburg, South Africa, working to spread the story of South Africa’s sudden shortage of depo-testosterone and the neglect of the trans community by South…

ADDED ON: 02/13/2022

Queer Africa has always been an other

Religious studies scholar David Tonghou Ngong recently made the argument on the Africa is a Country website that the roots of African homophobia might be found in African indigenous religions rather than…

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