South Africa has a diverse history when it comes to the legal and social status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a result of traditional South African mores, western imperialism, Apartheid and the human rights movement that contributed to the down fall of apartheid. South Africa's post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, and on 1 December 2006 South Africa made history by becoming the fifth country in the world and first in Africa to legalise same-sex marriage. One year later an equal age of consent was achieved; after long and lengthy debate and a complete overhaul of sexual offences legislation, consent was gender-neutralized at 16.
To find out more about gay life in South Africa we chatted with the gorgeous and charming Andre Smith (pictured). Click here to listen to the interview.
When in Johannesburg, make sure you party at Ramp Divas. See www.rampdivas.co.za