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In the aftermath of apartheid, South Africa’s 1996 constitution became the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. As the country grappled with the urgent question of national identity and what it means to “belong”, the new legislation promised equality and safety for all.

But while the new laws granted protection to sexual minorities on many levels, it has remained dangerous to be publicly identified as queer in South Africa. Becoming aware of this…

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