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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...
Johan (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for readers on 20/07/2011 +5
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I am a 21 year old university student in a relatively small university town about 130km from Johannesburg, SA. I have been openly gay for all of three years on and off campus. Though I do experience a certain amount of subdued hostility in some of my peers there has been no attempt by any to change me. When walking around in town I find that people have a mood of interest rather than disgust. Wanting to know whether I am dressed for a party for instance or just generally being good-mannered and friendly. On my travels around South Africa I can honestly say that I have never been afraid to live out my personality as a young gay man, I annually partake in the Johannesburg gay pride parade and do so with as much flamboyance as I can. Though you hear of, and see very scary stories on the news and from peers I have thus far been lucky in the sense of only positive things sprouting from my coming out. SA has a massive gay community and especially in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town a very active gay community. Though many have a very distorted image of our country I must say I'm proud to be a gay South African.
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Johan (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for readers on 20/07/2011 +5
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I am a 21 year old university student in a relatively small university town about 130km from Johannesburg, SA. I have been openly gay for all of three years on and off campus. Though I do experience a certain amount of subdued hostility in some of my peers there has been no attempt by any to change me. When walking around in town I find that people have a mood of interest rather than disgust. Wanting to know whether I am dressed for a party for instance or just generally being good-mannered and friendly. On my travels around South Africa I can honestly say that I have never been afraid to live out my personality as a young gay man, I annually partake in the Johannesburg gay pride parade and do so with as much flamboyance as I can. Though you hear of, and see very scary stories on the news and from peers I have thus far been lucky in the sense of only positive things sprouting from my coming out. SA has a massive gay community and especially in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town a very active gay community. Though many have a very distorted image of our country I must say I'm proud to be a gay South African.
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