Black lesbians in South Africa endure ridicule and abuse in schools, workplaces and churches, sometimes being accused of witchcraft, a Human Rights Watch HRW investigation has found. The research, We'll Show You You're a Woman , was based on interviews with lesbians, bisexual women and transgender men over two years in the impoverished townships where most South Africans live. Graeme Reid, director of HRW's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights programme, said: "It's a grim picture. It's a picture of fear and intimidation. A segment of South African society lives in terror and feels it has no one to turn to, including the police. Same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa , and the country has some of the most liberal laws on sexual orientation on the continent.
Black, South African, lesbian: Discourses of invisible lives
HIV-prevention and service programmes have long either ignored or overlooked lesbians. The experiences of lesbians with HIV have similarly been unrecognised and unreported. This erasure has contributed to the invisibility of lesbians in relation to HIV and related health risks. This community participatory study, based on in-depth interviews with 24 self-identifying African lesbians living with HIV in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, focuses on their personal experiences and circumstances. Women's experiences shed light and challenge popular notions around lesbian risk.
Inconceivable: South African Lesbians Talking about Being Voluntary Childfree
Lesbian South Africans are living in fear as rape and murder become a daily threat in the townships they call home. She was stabbed a stone's throw from her home in Crossroads township, Cape Town, as she returned from work one evening with her girlfriend. Before she knew it a sharp knife had entered her back - two fast jabs, then she was on the ground. Half conscious, she felt the knife sink into her skin twice more. The year-old's face and head were disfigured by stoning, and she was stabbed several times with broken glass.
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