South African schools have been found to be homophobic and generally hostile environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Intersex (LGBTI) learners. This is a finding from research conducted by Professor Deevia Bhana of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) School of Education.
The Mail & Guardian has also reported how gender activists noted that a fifth of LGBTI learners have attempted suicide and a fifth have been raped or sexually assaulted.
On the Redi Tlhabi Show, Bhana expanded on some of her other findings:
While South Africa is celebrating equality on the basis of sexual orientation, we need to look at how are schools preparing young South Africans to participate in the culture of democracy and of respect and how South African schools are preparing the heterosexual majority to live with, to work with and develop a healthy relationship with each other irrespective of sexual orientation