Tag Archive | South Africa

South Africa: Semenya eyes ‘new journey’ after signing for club JVW

South Africa: Semenya eyes ‘new journey’ after signing for club JVW

(Reuters) – Double Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, could trade her running shoes for soccer boots as early as next year, after the 28-year-old signed for South African women’s club, JVW FC. The South African athlete will not be able to defend her 800 meters title at the world championships later this month, after the Swiss […]

South Africa: Ancestors guide LGBT+ healers to mend mental scars

South Africa: Ancestors guide LGBT+ healers to mend mental scars

Smoke swirled around Badanile Maci as she crouched on all fours, clapping and chanting with half a dozen other sangomas – South African traditional healers – to greet their ancestors’ spirits. Widely respected by South Africans as spiritual guides, healers and counsellors, gay sangomas like 23-year-old Maci, are also challenging the idea that being LGBT+ […]

Caster Semenya named in S Africa world championship team

Caster Semenya named in S Africa world championship team

(Reuters) – Double Olympic 800 metres champion, Caster Semenya, has been included in South Africa’s preliminary team for this year’s world championships in Doha, though it is dependent on the outcome of her appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. Semenya is fighting a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision that supported the IAAF’s rule that XY […]

For South African gay star, defiance is key to survival

For South African gay star, defiance is key to survival

Though South Africa is the only African country that has legalised gay marriage, being openly gay can be taboo among traditional communities. It was the level of hate from his own Xhosa community that took South African gay artist, Nakhane, by surprise. He never expected to face death threats for playing a man in a […]

My Gay Games Story: Hlengiwe Buthelezi, KZN LGBT Recreation, Durban, South Africa

My Gay Games Story: Hlengiwe Buthelezi, KZN LGBT Recreation, Durban, South Africa

As part of the Federation of Gay Games Scholarship fund raising activities, they have five empowering and personal stories from Gay Games participants, and previous Scholarship & Award recipients, to help raise money for the Federation’s Gay Games 10 Scholarship Fund. Here is one such story from Hlengiwe Buthelezi: “Most gay people in South Africa, especially […]

Trump’s HIV aid cuts could cost lost lives in S. Africa, Ivory Coast

Trump’s HIV aid cuts could cost lost lives in S. Africa, Ivory Coast

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to cut foreign aid supporting HIV/AIDS treatment could cost 9 million years of lost life in South Africa and Ivory Coast, according to a global study released on Monday. In the first study to measure the impact of cuts in global investment in HIV care in terms of health and […]

Comment: We Can’t Be Complacent About Uganda

Comment: We Can’t Be Complacent About Uganda

Scott De Buitléir writes about what can be done for the Ugandan LGBT community from Ireland, and why they already have some strong support in other countries “Ah, sure it’s terrible, isn’t it?” That’s an obvious, but realistic, generalisation of how your Joe Soap may respond to you, if you were to talk to him […]