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Gay South Africa: A Bright Rainbow Shrouded in the Ashes of Apartheid (PHOTOS)

06/19/2012 10:50 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

South Africa, located on the south tip of Africa, is the most LGBT-friendly country on the continent but that's not to say equal rights are a reality to most. The nation is a jarring paradox of advanced legislation and development -- LGBT people are protected in the constitution and same-sex marriage has been legal since 2006 -- contrasted by heinous crimes that continue to be committed against LGBT denizens.

News stories of LGBT South Africans as victims of marginalization, corrective rape, and murder plague those who do not fit in to the conservative ideals of the majority of this country still struggling to find its voice and equal rights.

Gay South Africa

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