A human rights organization that focuses on LGBTQI+ people, says South Africa stands out in the African region for its advanced protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

However, gender-based violence and homophobic murders are still on the rise in the country.

Access Chapter 2 says this month they’re supposed to celebrate Pride Month, which aims to highlight the marginalised and abused LGBTI community in Africa.

“The rights enshrined by the constitution seem to be a challenge for many LGBTI people to enjoy and to celebrate and also to be respected and I think we are struck by many challenges not only of physical, sexual, and even brutal murder of LGBTI people. We are struck by levels of high inequalities, discrimination, and stigma that exist whether one is accessing services or one is at the workplace or in school which actually does create a challenge for LGBTI people. So where they can freely exist freely and equally as citizens,” says Steve Letsike of Access Chapter 2.

LGBTQI+ community celebrates Pride Month in June amid fears of violence: Steve Letsike