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SOUTH AFRICA

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Recognized on national level
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Yes

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Traveled to SOUTH AFRICA with a partner? Did your hotel or guesthouse react to your sexual orientation?
I stayed at a gay or lesbian hotel (0 %) It was not an issue at the hotel (0 %) I felt uncomfortable at my hotel (0 %) I was refused accommodation because of my sexual orientation (0 %)

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in SOUTH AFRICA...
Lee (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for lesbian readers on 05/10/2013
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Hi all!! I am glad to see that the community is growing as we need the support! I am a 28 year old female. I always thought that my feelings was just a faze or just part of my "jolling" lifestyle! Until I fell in love! I was 22 when I met the love of my life! Think I was too young to know how to deal with it! And I guess if we had the right support it may have worked out! However it's been about 2 years later and I am still dwelling in the past! As I do not have any friends that share the same sexuality and I'm too scared to just go out on my own! I am dying to meet someone, to fall in love again, to share and enjoy a partners company, friendship ,comfort and reliability! Please can someone help and point me into some form of direction? It's been a lonely road and looking forward to walking my path forward with someone in my life!

Thanks guys!
Lee
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Lee (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for lesbian readers on 05/10/2013
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Hi all!! I am glad to see that the community is growing as we need the support! I am a 28 year old female. I always thought that my feelings was just a faze or just part of my "jolling" lifestyle! Until I fell in love! I was 22 when I met the love of my life! Think I was too young to know how to deal with it! And I guess if we had the right support it may have worked out! However it's been about 2 years later and I am still dwelling in the past! As I do not have any friends that share the same sexuality and I'm too scared to just go out on my own! I am dying to meet someone, to fall in love again, to share and enjoy a partners company, friendship ,comfort and reliability! Please can someone help and point me into some form of direction? It's been a lonely road and looking forward to walking my path forward with someone in my life!

Thanks guys!
Lee
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