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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.

Have you been the victim of violence because of your sexual orientation in SOUTH AFRICA?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

Yes, I don’t ever feel safe (0 %) Yes, by individuals (40%) Yes, by a group (0 %) Yes, by the police (0 %) No (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

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Juliana (user currently living in KENYA) posted for readers in response to this story on 10/10/2013
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Bill at 9/11/2007 1:12 PM, and the commenter ietmdiamely after, are exactly right. The increasing normalization of homosexuality has done a great deal of damage to this society. The closet existed for a reason.And just as San Francisco was a (mostly) regular workingman's town in the 1960's, Seattle was similiarly so up through the 1980's, but it has since started to follow the road followed by San Francisco.Examples? Well the examples given by previous posters - the homosexualization of many churches and the use of public parks as trysting places - are certainly apt.I can think of another. Is it just me, or is American society increasingly - sorry to be indelicate - but increasingly anally focused. Notice all the casual references to behinds in popular culture. Notice also the increasingly casual references to male rape - in movies, the internet, TV, even on the Tonight Show. I don't know if this is due to the influence of homosexuals or of black prison culture (I suspect one of those two to be the likely culprit), but it definitely seems to be a trend in our society. Anyone else find this, well....creepy.I could easily imagine that in the near future, agressive forcible sodomy - by men against other men - will be an increasingly common crime.I noticed that UW calls thier state-sanctioned gay students' club "The Q center". Presumably Q stands for queer. Another case of "we can say it, but you can't". Perhaps straights should reclaim the word as thier patrimony. We were saying it before they were.
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Juliana (user currently living in KENYA) posted for readers in response to this story on 10/10/2013
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Bill at 9/11/2007 1:12 PM, and the commenter ietmdiamely after, are exactly right. The increasing normalization of homosexuality has done a great deal of damage to this society. The closet existed for a reason.And just as San Francisco was a (mostly) regular workingman's town in the 1960's, Seattle was similiarly so up through the 1980's, but it has since started to follow the road followed by San Francisco.Examples? Well the examples given by previous posters - the homosexualization of many churches and the use of public parks as trysting places - are certainly apt.I can think of another. Is it just me, or is American society increasingly - sorry to be indelicate - but increasingly anally focused. Notice all the casual references to behinds in popular culture. Notice also the increasingly casual references to male rape - in movies, the internet, TV, even on the Tonight Show. I don't know if this is due to the influence of homosexuals or of black prison culture (I suspect one of those two to be the likely culprit), but it definitely seems to be a trend in our society. Anyone else find this, well....creepy.I could easily imagine that in the near future, agressive forcible sodomy - by men against other men - will be an increasingly common crime.I noticed that UW calls thier state-sanctioned gay students' club "The Q center". Presumably Q stands for queer. Another case of "we can say it, but you can't". Perhaps straights should reclaim the word as thier patrimony. We were saying it before they were.
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