Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) people in south africa enjoy the same rights as non-lgbt people. South africa has a complex and diverse history regarding the human rights of lgbt people. The legal and social status of between 400,000over 2 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex south africans has been influenced by a combination of traditional south african. Commission on the status of women gender identity & gender expression programme. The international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association latest news. The mission of the international gay and lesbian human rights commission (iglhrc) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or. South africa, meanwhile, is not only a continental but indeed a world leader in protecting gay rights, as john jeffery, deputy minister of justice and constitutional affairs, told the civil society organisations alliance building workshop on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (lgbti) rights in johannesburg this week. Lgbt rights in south africa homosexuality, gay marriage, gay adoption, serving in the military, sexual orientation discrimination protection, changing legal gender, donating blood, age of consent, and more. The south african human rights commission (sahrc)says the complaints over an article written by controversial journalist and former high commissioner to uganda, jon qwelane, were the highest it has ever received. Qwelane wrote the article titled, call me names, gay is not okay in 2008. and gay rights activists in south africa are soon expected to file a lawsuit in south africas constitutional court challenging the governments failure to sign on to a united nations statement condemning human rights violations against lgbt people, despite the fact that gay rights are recognized in the south african constitution. This study will examine the legalistic history of lesbian gay bisexual transsexual life in south africa by exploring relevant legislation and their effects on the lives of lgbt people. Furthermore, this study will also examine the history of lgbt community and their transformation from a closeted community to one that is becoming one south africas most vocal advocates for human rights. The international gay and lesbian human rights commission have condemned the decision by president yoweri museveni to ban same-sex marriage.