Although same-gender relationships are legal in South Africa, gay people still face challenges in their day-to-day lives.
Significant sections of society are yet to accept the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Some people still ridicule them publicly.
South Africans who identify as gay or lesbian took to Twitter recently to share the heartbreaking challenges they face through the hashtag #inkonzoyezitabane. Briefly.co.za compiles 10 of them.
1. The corporate world sometimes questions their sartorial preferences.
2. One lady said people told her she's lesbian because she's ugly.
3. Just recently, a tweep's friend took his own life because he couldn't find a way of telling his parents that he was gay.
4. Another tweep said he hasn't been to his parents' house in 10 years because they have refused to accept he's gay.
5. A gay man said taxi drivers assaulted and almost stripped him in public because of his orientation.
6. One tweep's mom tried to take her own life when she learned he was gay.
7. Singer Thandiswa Mazwai also shared how her late mom wept when she found out she was a lesbian.
8. On the positive side, one lesbian shared how she got married to the love of her life and their families were supportive.
9. A gay student narrated how he gets bullied because of the way he dresses and walks.
10. The hashtag inspired a young man to come out as gay.
Watch a funny animated joke in the video below from our Briefly - South Africa YouTube channel.
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