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. Same-sex couples can also adopt children jointly, and also arrange IVF and surrogacy treatments. LGBT people enjoy constitutional and statutory protections from discrimination in employment, the provision of goods and services and many other areas.
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According to a government survey, one in four men admit to having sex with a woman who did not consent to intercourse, and nearly half of these men admitted to raping more than once. An earlier government study found that a majority of rapes were committed by friends and acquaintances of the victim. In one of the few cases to attract press attention, in , Eudy Simelane, a lesbian, was gang-raped and stabbed to death. Her naked body was dumped in a stream in the Kwa Thema township outside Johannesburg.
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The country boasts a developed economy, and has a post-apartheid constitution that stresses equal rights for everyone. It's one of the few countries in the world with a specific provision in its constitution prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians. It's also the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa where there are openly gay bars.
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