Author Website. Sweet Tea Website. For more information about E. Patrick Johnson, visit the Author Page. But the oral histories featured in Sweet Tea.
LGBT rights in South Africa
Sweet Tea | E. Patrick Johnson | University of North Carolina Press
Over the past month, the killings of four gay men have made headlines in South Africa. Lonwabo Jack , a year-old gay man, was killed on his birthday, 18 April. The group handed a memorandum to Parliament calling, among other things, for an urgent debate on hate crimes. Homophobia is endemic in South Africa, despite the comprehensive and progressive legal framework, including legal protection for the human rights of LGBTI persons. Additionally, the African Charter entitles every individual to respect of their life and the integrity of their person, and prohibits torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment and treatment. These barriers to access to justice and effective remedies for human rights violations include experiences of discrimination within the criminal justice system, as well as societal homophobia and transphobia. It is important as measure of deterrence and to ensure that perpetrators of hate crimes be brought to justice.
For South African gay star, defiance is key to survival
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Giving voice to a population too rarely acknowledged, Sweet Tea collects more than sixty life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as "backward" or "repressive" and offers a window into the ways black gay men negotiate their identities, build community, maintain friendship networks, and find sexual and life partners--often in spaces and activities that appear to be antigay.
The legal and social status of between ,—over 2 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex South Africans has been influenced by a combination of traditional South African mores, colonialism , and the lingering effects of apartheid and the human rights movement that contributed to its abolition. South Africa's post-apartheid Constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation , and South Africa was the fifth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. South Africa is to date the only country in Africa to have legalised same-sex marriage.