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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.

Has your sexual orientation affected your job in SOUTH AFRICA? Do you feel limited in your career by your sexual orientation?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I have not been limited by my sexual orientation, though I am out at work

In too many ways to count (0 %) I changed careers because of my sexual orientation (0 %) I feel that I wasn’t promoted because I am lesbian or gay (0 %) My co-workers harass me because of my sexual orientation (40%) I have not been limited by my sexual orientation, though I am out at work (60%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in SOUTH AFRICA...
Phitlok (user currently living in TOGO) posted for readers in response to this story on 11/10/2013
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Phitlok (user currently living in TOGO) posted for readers in response to this story on 11/10/2013
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A close friend of mine in high scohol his family were members at our church had a mother who was a hermaphrodite (her term, which I just realized may know be out-of-date). No one in our community knew that my friend's mother was actually her biological father. Her biological mother died when she was a young child, at which point, her father decided that, if he was going to be a healthy well-adjusted single parent to healthy well-adjusted children, he needed to come to grips with his sexual identity. Having always felt more female than male, he had a great deal of medical testing done, found out that he did indeed have two X chromosomes, and underwent a process to remove or suppress his/her male hormones genitalia. Unfortunately, living in a small, conservative community in the South, their family was soon so ostracized and persecuted that my friend's mother's therapist and minister advised her to relocate to a more liberal community, hide her gendered past and never reveal it again.Fortunately, after a number of years of becoming a beloved member of our church family, she finally felt safe enough to reveal her secret. After a lot of research to better understand her situation and the trauma she'd experienced over her lifetime, our church family was able to more fully embrace and support the entire family. She is actually now a missionary overseas, and she has three amazing children, along with several beautiful grandkids.So, yeah, I guess I've heard of this before. http://ubndzkbbuk.com [url=http://dwdyvlp.com]dwdyvlp[/url] [link=http://jfbeqznans.com]jfbeqznans[/link]
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