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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

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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

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Shaun (user currently living in ARMENIA) posted for readers in response to this story on 09/10/2013
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Identity politics work out the same for all gruops, right? Form an us/them grouping that many of "us" will identify with strongly. Start winning concessions. For optimal value to group organizers, the concessions need to be big and obvious and not at all related to merit. A big expensive building is perfect. A queer studies department is perhaps even better. These do essentially no good for anyone, but they demonstrate that the group organizers have brought home the bacon. Identity politics brings out the most strident members of the group, and the most inflamatory rhetoric. It can cause a nasty counter-reaction, in which your "us/them" demands invite identity politics among "them." This is universal. It's a property of identity politics, in the same sense that externalities are a property of free markets and rational ignorance is a property of democracy. The creepy thing to me is, this is so widespread, and the counter-reaction of overt hostility to all these gruops that exploit identity politics is kept under wraps by a kind of PC ideology that's visibly crumbling. How many Americans in the middle and upper classes even believe in the PC dogma at this point? How does that compare to the number of Soviet professionals and party members who really believed in Communism in, say, 1970? And what's the reaction going to look like when the dam breaks? And this is just nuts. The best possible outcome for gays and lesbians (and the rest of the society) is for sex between consenting adults to have nothing at all to do with politics.
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Shaun (user currently living in ARMENIA) posted for readers in response to this story on 09/10/2013
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Identity politics work out the same for all gruops, right? Form an us/them grouping that many of "us" will identify with strongly. Start winning concessions. For optimal value to group organizers, the concessions need to be big and obvious and not at all related to merit. A big expensive building is perfect. A queer studies department is perhaps even better. These do essentially no good for anyone, but they demonstrate that the group organizers have brought home the bacon. Identity politics brings out the most strident members of the group, and the most inflamatory rhetoric. It can cause a nasty counter-reaction, in which your "us/them" demands invite identity politics among "them." This is universal. It's a property of identity politics, in the same sense that externalities are a property of free markets and rational ignorance is a property of democracy. The creepy thing to me is, this is so widespread, and the counter-reaction of overt hostility to all these gruops that exploit identity politics is kept under wraps by a kind of PC ideology that's visibly crumbling. How many Americans in the middle and upper classes even believe in the PC dogma at this point? How does that compare to the number of Soviet professionals and party members who really believed in Communism in, say, 1970? And what's the reaction going to look like when the dam breaks? And this is just nuts. The best possible outcome for gays and lesbians (and the rest of the society) is for sex between consenting adults to have nothing at all to do with politics.
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