Mamba’s 21 most-read queer stories of 2022


The year that was 2022, thankfully, saw a decline in the number of reported LGBTIQ+ hate crimes in South Africa, compared to 2021. There were nonetheless still several deadly attacks against queer individuals based on their sexuality, gender identity or gender expression. The year was dominated by issues impacting LGBTIQ+ young people. These included unfounded hysteria about “sexualising” children, incidents of discrimination and bullying of LGBTIQ+ pupils (which at times had tragic consequences), and pushback by right-wing religious elements against efforts to create more inclusive schools.

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