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Uproar after schoolgirls forced to admit sexual orientation to parents

A principal reportedly called in the teenagers' parents after two girls were found kissing in a bathroom.

A small rainbow flag, representing equality for members of the LGBTI community. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - LGBTI activists have urged a group of Eastern Cape schoolgirls to approach the Equality Court after their principal allegedly forced them to admit their sexual orientation to their parents.

The provincial education department is investigating the allegations at Ulwazi High School.

The principal reportedly called in the teenagers' parents after two girls were found kissing in a bathroom. They were then apparently forced to come out in front of their parents.

Activist Funeka Soldaat says it's an outrage.

“Nobody should force anybody to do that. It's the child’s right and it has nothing to do with parents or the school. The only solution they have is to approach the Equality Court.”

Activist group Outology Network's Cameron Cordell says LGBTI women in particular face homophobia on a daily basis in South Africa.

“They face things like corrective rape and physical violence just for being who they are. The fact that a school would put students in such a position which exposes them to the possibility of physical or psychological violence based on their sexuality is abhorrent.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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