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Arson suspected in overnight fire at South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque

Saturday, October 4, 2014
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday.

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South Africa elects country’s first openly gay, black MP

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Zakhele Mbhele
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has elected the country’s first openly gay, black Member of Parliament (MP). Zakhele Mbhele, 29, was sworn in last week as part of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament, and is thought to be the first gay black MP on the African continent.

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South Africa ends blood donor ban on gay men

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
PRETORIA, South Africa – South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has dropped a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood.

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Jacob Zuma
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.

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.
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.

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

Monday, March 31, 2014
David Olyn
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.

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Desmond Tutu urges Uganda president to reject anti-gay bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Schalk van Zuydam, APDesmond Tutu.
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.

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Prominent Ugandan doctor, LGBT rights activist detained in South Africa

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Dr. Paul Semugoma
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.

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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.
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.

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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.

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