Being gay is still considered taboo in many circles around the world especially those who are deeply religious or hide behind such notions. In South Africa the LQBTQ community still live in fear of attack and humiliation.
The Constitutional of the Republic of South Africa guarantees the rights of all citizens irrespective of race or sexual orientation. Everyone is equal before the law.
A man cried foul in Limpopo after he was denied lubricants at a state clinic because nurses said he is a man. The gay man went to clinic seeking help with government provided lubricants but was turned away by shameless nurses.
On another occasion he alleged that nurses teased him about sleeping with other men while he does not have female organs. This was done in full view of other patients. He said he felt embarrassed and humiliated.
The marriage laws in South Africa have been amended to ensure that people working at Home Affairs cannot refuse to marry gay people on grounds of religion. Previously Home Affairs officials would refuse to marry gay couples on grounds of religious beliefs.
It is wrong for anyone to discriminate on the other based on race or sexual orientation. South Africa prides itself as a rainbow nation, but it seems gay people are not included in that rainbow nation.
There have been countless matches by the LGBTQ community to highlight their plight. The government seems to be doing very little to assist the community. Perhaps the best move would be to create a special ministry that would help bring the LGBTQ community and their plight in to sharper focus.
Being gay is not a lifestyle choice but a sense of being. It is wrong for people to discriminate against those who are gay just because they are uncomfortable. An education might also be relevant to try and conscientise people about bay gay and proud.
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