Compare LGBT Rights in South Africa

Equality Index ?
72 / 100
Legal Index ?
86 / 100
Public Opinion Index ?
58 / 100
Public Opinion
Perceptions of local area as a "good place" for gay and lesbian people
(Gallup, June 21, 2023)
65% Good Place
0%
Support of same-sex marriage
(Pew Research Center, Feb. 21, 2023 – April 15, 2023)
38% Favor
58% Oppose
Support for same-sex adoption
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
70% Strongly/somewhat agree
22% Strongly/somewhat disagree
Support for same-sex marriage or legal recognition
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
67% Support marriage or legal recognition
19% Against
Views about same-sex couples' parenting
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
70% Strongly/somewhat agree
23% Strongly/somewhat disagree
Perceived prevalence of transgender discrimination
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
15% Not much/not at all
70% A great deal/fair amount
Support for transgender discrimination protection
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
82% Strongly/somewhat agree
13% Strongly/somewhat disagree
Support for teens’ access to gender-affirming care
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
70% Strongly/somewhat agree
21% Strongly/somewhat disagree
Support for trans access to facilities matching gender identity
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
58% Strongly/somewhat agree
32% Strongly/somewhat disagree
Support for non-binary gender option on official documents
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
58% Strongly/somewhat agree
31% Strongly/somewhat disagree
Support for insurance coverage of gender transition costs
(Ipsos, February-March 2023)
58% Strongly/somewhat agree
29% Strongly/somewhat disagree
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?"
(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
Support for same-sex marriage
(ILGA / RIWI, April-June 2014)
31% Yes
50% No
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2010-2014)
17% Justifiable
45% Not justifiable
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2010-2014)
62% Did not mention homosexuals
38% Mentioned homosexuals
"Should society accept homosexuality?"
(Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
32% Yes
61% No
Perceptions of local area as a "good place" for gay and lesbian people
(Gallup, 2013)
49% Good place
51% Not a good place
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2005-2009)
7% Justifiable
65% Not justifiable
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2005-2009)
53% Did not mention homosexuals
45% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2000-2004)
9% Justifiable
60% Not justifiable
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2000-2004)
54% Did not mention homosexuals
46% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 1995-1999)
6% Justifiable
67% Not justifiable
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 1995-1999)
50% Did not mention homosexuals
50% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 1990-1994)
7% Justifiable
74% Not justifiable
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 1981-1984)
5% Justifiable
72% Not justifiable
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 1998
Same-sex marriageLegal
Since 2006
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorship
Right to change legal genderLegal, but requires medical diagnosis
Since 2004
Legal recognition of non-binary genderNot legally recognized
LGBT discriminationIllegal
Since 1996
LGBT employment discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1996
LGBT housing discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1996
Same-sex adoptionLegal
Since 2010
Serving openly in militaryLesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Since 1996
Blood donations by MSMsLegal
Since 2014
Conversion therapyNot banned
Equal age of consentEqual
Since 2007
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