South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, on 20th October, signed the Civil Union Amendment Bill removing the provision in the Civil Union Act that allowed government-employed marriage officers at the Department of Home Affairs to refuse to solemnise same-sex unions or marriages based on personal religious or moral objections.
current south africa
South Africa’s Kasi 2 Kasi Queer Cinema is doing its part in flattening the Covid-19 curve by going entirely digital for their annual film festival. The 2020 festival which started on 31st July will run until 17th August.
In a first of its kind locally‚ a website has been launched to help victims anonymously report hate crimes in South Africa. The platform was created by the Love Not Hate campaign‚ a nationwide initiative addressing violence against lesbian‚ gay‚ bisexual‚ transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
These transwomen constantly demonstrate through their intelligence, strength, and stubbornness, that they will not cease to fight for the right to live as themselves, remaining incredibly resilient even in one of the most violent places in the world.
When asked which the biggest misconception within the Muslim community about queer people and issues is, Nair responded that it is the belief that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah spoke of homosexuality. “Historical and contextual evidence indicates that the situation with these cities was a case of male rape as opposed to men loving men,” he explained.
Pastor Steven Anderson, the senior Pastor at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona was set to visit South Africa on a ‘soul-winning’ mission. Several home activists and organisations like All Out started a petition to stop Anderson’s entry into South Africa
Not one to shy away from defending LGBTI rights, the projects 1000th face, Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls upon the world to be civil and accepting of gender and sexual minorities. He continues to emphasize his message of peace and tolerance in the video. “It is easier to love than hate,” the renowned Archbishop says as he decries homophobia and violence towards LGBTI persons.
“Traditional TV channels have historically offered only small smatterings of one-dimensional LGBT content that ironically reinforces stereotypes instead of shattering them. PrideTV reverses the trend to restrict access to LGBT themes by South African and African broadcasters,” she said.
When asked if he regrets reporting the case to the police, Jonkers responded: “A month ago one of my friends was murdered and justice hasn’t been served in his case. At first I didn’t want to report to the police but I thought to myself, ‘It could happen to someone else tomorrow, so I have to take a stand’.”
The successful candidate will gain a unique opportunity to play a key role in the development of an emerging network, striving for a just world in which the dignity, faith, spirituality, and human rights of persons of all sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are honoured, supported and protected.