Compare LGBT Rights in South Africa

Equality Index ?
77 / 100
Public Opinion
Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
71% Support
15% Against
Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
69% Agree
23% Disagree
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)
(Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)
54% Yes
38% No
Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors
(Afrobarometer, 2014–2016)
67% Tolerate
32% Not tolerate
Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors
(Afrobarometer, 2016–2018)
70% Tolerate
28% Not tolerate
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)
(Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
32% Yes
61% No
Perceived Acceptance of Gay People
(Gallup, 2013)
49% Good place
51% Not a good place
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 1998
Same-sex marriageLegal
Since 2006
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorship
Right to change legal genderLegal, but requires surgery
Since 2004
Legal recognition of non-binary genderUnknown
LGBT discriminationIllegal
Since 1996
LGBT employment discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1996
LGBT housing discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1997
Same-sex adoptionLegal
Since 2010
Homosexuals serving openly in militaryLegal
Since 1996
Blood donations by MSMsBanned (6-month deferral)
Since 2014
Conversion therapyUnknown
Equal age of consentEqual
Since 2007
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