First broadcast August 2007
Homosexuality is one of the world's biggest taboos.
It has led to riots in Russia, huge splits in the Anglican Church, and was a large factor in the re-election of President Bush.
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe famously proclaimed that homosexuals were "worse than pigs and dogs."
In the final part of this series, Clare English explores what it is like to be gay and asks why some societies are more tolerant than others?
Part Two: South Africa
In South Africa, equality - on the basis of race, language, culture and sexual orientation - are central to the country's constitution.
In terms of political, economic and social freedom, homosexual people are protected under the law.
But though the politicians have changed the laws, there is still opposition and prejudice.
Will society catch up to the idea of tolerance?
Listen to Coming Out - Part 2
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