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Jacob Zuma

South Africa president says he ‘respects’ Uganda’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The president of South Africa on Tuesday said he respects Uganda’s right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country. [ Read more → ]
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.

Openly gay judge on top South African court discusses sexuality, state of nation

Sunday, April 6, 2014
JOHANNESBURG — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often. [ Read more → ]
David Olyn

South African man murdered after attacker told witnesses he was ‘going to kill a fag’

Monday, March 31, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Schalk van Zuydam, APDesmond Tutu.

Desmond Tutu urges Uganda president to reject anti-gay bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday made an impassioned plea to Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Paul Semugoma

Prominent Ugandan doctor, LGBT rights activist detained in South Africa

Thursday, February 20, 2014
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Human rights activists are calling on the South African government to release a prominent Ugandan doctor and LGBT rights activist who is being held in an immigration detention facility at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg pending further deportation proceedings. [ Read more → ]
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA flag of the South African gay community sits next to a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela and other mementos in the Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa  on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Nelson Mandela was a hero to gays, yet anti-LGBT bias still rampant in Africa

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Africa's gays are looking for their own Nelson Mandela - someone who will rescue them from violence and a raft of laws that criminalize gay sex. In other words, precisely what Mandela could not do, despite his efforts. [ Read more → ]

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at age 95

Thursday, December 5, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. [ Read more → ]
Simon Nkoli

LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Simon Nkoli

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Simon Nkoli was a South African anti-apartheid, gay rights and AIDS activist. He is recognized as the founder of South Africa’s black gay movement. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: South African activist Zackie Achmat

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Zackie Achmat is a South African activist whose work has focused on people living with HIV/AIDS, the gay community and combating apartheid. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and a recipient of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. [ Read more → ]

South Africa to consider legislation to criminalize anti-LGBT hate crimes

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa is planning to introduce hate crime legislation, which would include laws to prosecute physical and verbal attacks on foreigners and LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
Noxolo Nogwaza

Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African lesbian and LGBT rights activist. In 2011, 24-year-old Noxolo, organizer of the Ekurhuleni Pride Committee, was murdered in South Africa, while on her way home from a night out with friends. Her attackers raped, repeatedly beat and stabbed her, apparently because of her sexual orientation, before dumping her body in a drainage ditch. Two years after her death, no progress has been made into the investigation of her murder... [ Read more → ]
Tshepo Modisane and Thoba SitholePhoto: Sunday Tribune/Independent Online

Gay couple marry in South African town’s first same-sex union (Video)

Sunday, April 7, 2013
DURBAN, South Africa -- Two men married on Saturday in a rare South African gay wedding in KwaDukuza on Saturday, in what has been described as the town’s first same-sex union. [ Read more → ]

South Africa first to recognize gay flag as an official national symbol

Saturday, October 6, 2012
The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an adaptation of the international gay flag and the South African national flag). [ Read more → ]

Murder suspect arrested in brutal slaying of LGBT volunteer in South Africa

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A suspect has been arrested in the brutal murder of Thapelo Makuthle in Kuruman, near Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. [ Read more → ]

South African man brutally murdered following argument over his sexuality

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A South African gay man, who also identified as transgender, has been brutally murdered in an apparent hate crime after getting into an argument about his sexuality. [ Read more → ]

South Africa’s constitutional review of its sexual orientation rights is shocking

Friday, May 4, 2012
Since the end of Apartheid and the inception of South Africa’s new constitution some twenty years ago, the country has been lauded for its lead on the entrenchment of anti-discrimination rights that renders it one of the few in the world to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in its Constitution. Gays and lesbians (LGBTI) enjoy full equality in South Africa. Notwithstanding this South Africa has never managed to escape the brutality of rampant homophobia which is underscored by the high incidence of so called “corrective” rape in its townships, the deployment of an anti-gay ambassador to homophobic Uganda, and its failure to lead the decriminalization of homosexuality in the rest of Africa. [ Read more → ]

Historic Mr. Gay World billboard erected in central Johannesburg

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Excitement hit the gay community in South Africa on Monday, when the first ever gay billboard went up in Johannesburg in advance of the upcoming Mr. Gay World competition. [ Read more → ]

South Africa denies Congolese albino gay man asylum

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A gay, albino Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugee has been refused asylum in South Africa in what advocates say is an increasing pattern of refusals for LGBT asylum seekers. [ Read more → ]

South African man wins 2010 Mr. Gay World competition

Sunday, February 14, 2010
A South African man has won the 2010 Mr. Gay World pageant, beating rivals from Australia, Hong Kong, China and Spain, the organizers announced Sunday. Charl Van den Berg, 28, who runs a restaurant in Cape Town, won after four days of competition [...] [ Read more → ]
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