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People like Charlize Theron and Trevor Noah have had incredible success in the US. They are the leaders of a growing pack: from writers to artists, there are other South Africans who are also leaving an impression through their work.
The United Nations chose South Africa for the launch of "Free & Equal", a global campaign to promote respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
South Africa has become the fifth country in the world, and the first in Africa, to allow legal marriages between same-sex couples, after a historic vote in Parliament, followed by the signature of the acting President, passed the Civil Union Bill into law.
Cape Town has become one of the gay tourist's favoured destinations - for a number of obvious reasons. But the city was not always so welcoming to gay visitors.