THE DA used Human Rights Day yesterday to highlight the challenges faced by gay people.

Together with the gay community, members of the party put up South African flags in front of Tshwane City Hall.

Hendrick Baird, GaySA radio station manager, said gay people were still being discriminated against.

“Too many lesbian women are brutally murdered and raped in townships, many men who are not ‘masculine’ enough are attacked and a movie like Inxeba is banned for the most ridiculous reasons.”

Hendrick said he saluted all those brave people who didn’t keep quiet when they saw discrimination.

DA shadow police minister Zakhele Mbhele said gay people were full and equal members of society.

“It’s not enough for rights to only exist in the Constitution, laws or policies if they are not enforced and upheld by strong and capable institutions,” he said.

“We must be able to trust there will be effective investigations and those responsible for homophobic attacks are found and face justice.”