Being straight and being gay: identity or multiple desire: the case of South Africa

SOURCE: Sexuality in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Cloete, L.Rispel, C.Metcalf, V.Reddy
KEYWORDS: HETEROSEXUALITY, HOMOSEXUALITY, IDENTITY, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6493

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Abstract

Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In December 2006, South Africa became the fifth country in the world and the first in Africa to legalise same-sex marriage (Calitz, 2009). In the light of this legal equality, gay men and women have become more visible in South Africa and have made their voices heard in the public sphere (Graziano, 2004 a, b). Terms like LGBTI, coming out and gay slowly became absorbed into everyday talk and used interchangeably with words such as sexual orientation and acceptance of differences.