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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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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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Caloe (user currently living in POLAND) posted for readers in response to this story on 12/10/2013
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Caloe (user currently living in POLAND) posted for readers in response to this story on 12/10/2013
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