"We're queer and we're here!" is the declarative title of a new report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) South Africans which reveals that while tolerance is rising, being part of this at least 800 000-strong community often comes at devastating, sometimes fatal, cost. A staggering four out of ten LGBT South Africans know of someone who has been murdered "for being or suspected of being" lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Black members of this community are twice as likely (49%) as white respondents (26%) to know of someone who was murdered on these grounds. The risks are particularly high for black LGBT people in rural areas.
December 4 / News 24