Oscar-winning actress says she was 'incredibly proud' after hearing coming out story of teen in South Africa
Charlize Theron has spoken out for gay rights in her home country South Africa and says she will wait to wed until there is marriage equality.
Theron, who played the evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman, spoke to British newspaper Metro about her charity The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which aims to educate children and young people in South Africa about HIV.
During her time working with the project, she spoke of her moving experience meeting a teenager who had the courage to come out.
‘Homosexuality is a huge taboo in Africa,’ the 37-year-old said.
‘To hear a 16-year-old boy talk about being gay was something I’d never ever witnessed in my entire life in South Africa.
‘That was an incredibly proud moment for me.’
Theron then went on to discuss marriage, saying how she would not marry until it had become equal for everybody.
She raised the question: ‘Why can heterosexual couples have the legal status of marriage and same-sex couples cannot?
‘That is like having a white water fountain and a black water fountain.
‘We should live in a world with equal rights for everyone, without the government telling us who we can love.’
The Oscar-winning actress said the charity, which was founded in 2007, is a ‘big priority’ in her life.
She added: ‘The number of people with HIV and Aids in South Africa is higher than anywhere else in the world.
‘Culturally it’s not accepted to talk about things such as safe sex.
‘It’s very taboo and that’s causing a lot of people to die.’