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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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Camila (user currently living in KAZAKHSTAN) posted for readers in response to this story on 12/10/2013
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Point taken, but consider this:<a href="http://giuqpxtyjuy.com"> etlcxay</a> how long do we let "questioning" people live in denial -- until their lives are practicaly over and there's little if any chance for them to enjoy self-acceptance, let alone a satisfying relationship with another person? I mean, this is the 21st century, forty years after Stonewall! You're absolutely right that it's internalized homophobia and shame etc,. that keeps them from fully acknowledging their sexuality, so all Out and Proud people can do is show by example that it's Okay to be Gay and makes no sense to live a life in a closet of denial and shame. You're right that I don't mean to be insensitive -- it's actually more sad than funny that some seniors still can't come to grips with who and what they are. But anything that can be done to help them face reality -- and the fact that that reality not only isn't so bad, but can be very good -- should be done. If we just let them stay comfortable in their Q "niche," how can they ever feel good about themselves? How can they feel part of a community, or ultimately in some way join the struggle for Gay/LGBT Rights [even if it's just coming out to freinds and family)? Your comment is appreciated, and I'm glad you read Gay "Dr. Bill!" What a fellow!
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Camila (user currently living in KAZAKHSTAN) posted for readers in response to this story on 12/10/2013
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Point taken, but consider this:<a href="http://giuqpxtyjuy.com"> etlcxay</a> how long do we let "questioning" people live in denial -- until their lives are practicaly over and there's little if any chance for them to enjoy self-acceptance, let alone a satisfying relationship with another person? I mean, this is the 21st century, forty years after Stonewall! You're absolutely right that it's internalized homophobia and shame etc,. that keeps them from fully acknowledging their sexuality, so all Out and Proud people can do is show by example that it's Okay to be Gay and makes no sense to live a life in a closet of denial and shame. You're right that I don't mean to be insensitive -- it's actually more sad than funny that some seniors still can't come to grips with who and what they are. But anything that can be done to help them face reality -- and the fact that that reality not only isn't so bad, but can be very good -- should be done. If we just let them stay comfortable in their Q "niche," how can they ever feel good about themselves? How can they feel part of a community, or ultimately in some way join the struggle for Gay/LGBT Rights [even if it's just coming out to freinds and family)? Your comment is appreciated, and I'm glad you read Gay "Dr. Bill!" What a fellow!
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