Still a long way to go to achieve rights of LGBTI people in SA - SAHRC

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa continues to be marginalised, despiter progressive legislation.

Today the world observes the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

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The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says LGBTI people in the country face discrimination and marginalisation on daily basis - in their communities, at work and at home.

The commission's Gift Kgomosotho says homophobia and hate crimes are not condemned as strongly as racism.

Kgomosotho says there is still a long way to go to achieve equality and affirm the right of LGBTI people.

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South Africa has made some gains as far as protection policy and legislative protection for the LGBTI

Gift Kgomosotho, Research Advisor to the Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission

We still remain a rather, homophobic, biphobic and especially transphobic community.

Gift Kgomosotho, Research Advisor to the Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission

African communities don't have inclusive language that is affirming to describe these diffenrt sexul orientation or gender identites.

Gift Kgomosotho, Research Advisor to the Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission

A lot more public awareness is needed to educated people on the existence and acceptance of gender non-conforming people.

Gift Kgomosotho, Research Advisor to the Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission

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