OUT provides direct health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, MSM, sex workers, and injecting drug users, including HIV testing, counselling, treatment and general lifestyle advice and support.

OUT has been in existence for more than 21 years and is dedicated to the building of healthy and empowered LGBT communities in South Africa and internationally, while reducing hetrosexism and homophobia in society.

Vision and Mission

Vision of the Organisation

OUT is dedicated to the building of healthy empowered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in South Africa and internationally. OUT wants to reduce heterosexism and homophobia in society.

Mission of the Organisation

OUT work towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender peoples' physical and mental health and related rights.

About OUT

OUT has been in existence for over 21 years. OUT is a professional service organisation focusing on Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) people. Based in Tshwane (Pretoria), OUT's work takes place on local, provincial, national, continental and international levels. OUT's focus areas of work are direct health and mental health services, research, mainstreaming and advocacy.

What does OUT do?

Given inadequate mainstream service provision, OUT provides direct health and mental health services to LGBT clients and other key populations. This includes targeted HIV/AIDS work, direct health services at OUT's TEN81 Centre clinic, a telephonic counselling and information line, a vibrant community centre, face to face counselling, community building programmes and spaces, and support groups.

OUT is also involved with various research projects, many of them in collaboration with leading national and international partners. The Advocacy & Mainstreaming Programme aims to ensure legal equality and translating this to day to day experiences. It includes law reform, sensitisation of mainstream service providers, empowering LGBT people to claim their rights, as well as tackling the scourge of hate crimes.

OUT is involved in various alliance based work. It aims to address common issues taken on by progressive LGBT and gender structures.

Why?

Although Section 9 (3) of the South African Constitution prohibits unfair discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, LGBT people still face various forms of discrimination.

South African society is conservative, patriarchal, hetero-normative, and homo-prejudiced. This often results in hate speech directed towards the LGBT community and can lead to more serious offences such as the rape and murder of gay men and lesbian women.

When it comes to mainstream service providers, very few of them are aware of the needs and circumstances of members of the LGBT community and they can even refuse the provision of services. Mainstream service providers very rarely provide appropriate services (such as targeted HIV messaging), are unable to provide relevant LGBT materials to their LGBT clients, and often their policies do not include the interests of LGBT people.

Research is another area where not enough focus is given to LGBT issues. There are almost no national 'official' studies where the interests of LGBT people are included. Within the LGBT sector itself, there is limited capacity to conduct relevant research especially if the aim of the research is to obtain valid, reliable and representative data.

OUT is registered with the Department of Social Development as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO). OUT is a member organisation of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

 

Staff

Dawie 

DAWIE NEL

Dawie has been the Director of OUT since 2002. He holds a Masters Degree and is currently researching the motivations for gay men to have sex. He is an activist but primarily concerned with concrete differences in peoples’ lives. He lives in Pretoria and enjoys the Kruger Park, intelligence and the gay sub-culture.

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 Johan

JOHAN MEYER

Johan is the Health Manager at OUT, responsible for the Health and Advocacy Programmes as well as individual and couples psycho-social counselling. Johan has a BD Theology degree, with special interest in Marriage and Family Counselling. In addition, he has recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Health Management from the Foundation for Professional Development. Apart from having been a pastor for six years, Johan also worked in the mental health field for eight years.

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 Moude

MOUDE MAODI

Moude joined OUT in March 2012 as Office Administrator. She is looking forward to studying Public, Constitutional and International Law through UNISA to pursue a career in protecting LGBTI rights and promoting non-discrimination in our society.

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 Jay

JAY JUDAH MATLOU

Jay joined OUT LGBT Well–being through a Learnership that led to his current position as Master Trainer and Health Officer. He is also studying toward his BA degree in Psychology at UNISA.

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 Luiz

LUIZ DE BARROS

Luiz has a BA in English and Psychology and a BA Honours degree in Drama and Film. He co-founded and worked as Creative Director for 14 years at the multimedia company Underdog before going out on his own. He is Marketing and Communications Coordinator at OUT and the Editor of Mambaonline.com.

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Marietjie

MARIETJIE BOTHA

Marietjie Botha joined OUT in 2016 and is the organisation’s Financial Manager. She has roughly 20 years' experience in finance, and loves numbers and reading. She has a passion for community work and is involved in a project feeding babies of unemployed parents.

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Nicholas

NICHOLAS TSOEU

Nicholas is the Clinic & Outreach Registered Nurse at OUT. His focus is on HIV/AIDS, STIs & TB Management. He also holds a teacher’s diploma and has worked in various service delivery fields. His interest in working with marginalised communities led him to join OUT.

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Lerato

LERATO PHALAKATSHELA

Lerato is the Love Not Hate Programme Manager at OUT. He is responsible for assisting hate crime victims with psycho-social challenges, managing safe spaces and overseeing the overall project. Lerato holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Town and Regional Planning and a Diploma in Project Management. One of his majors included Sociology. Lerato has also served as the Acting Chairperson of Up and OUT, the student LGBTI society at the University of Pretoria. He has a strong passion for the development of the LGBTI community and he enjoys having conversations with people who are positive and full of life.

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Lucy

LUCY THUKWANE

Lucy is a Clinical Nurse at OUT's TEN81 Centre. She started her career at SG Laurens Nursing College in 2011, and went on to work at Edenvale General Hospital, amongst other institutions. In addition to her numerous nursing qualifications she has a Certificate in Competency in MSM Health Management. Lucy joined OUT in July 2015 and is responsible for HIV testing and counselling, STI screenings and other clinical services and support.

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staff randy

RANDY TSHISAPHUNGO

Randy is a Clinic Nurse at OUT’s TEN81 Centre in Hatfield, Pretoria. She has a diploma in Human Resources from Vaal University of Technology and did a Nursing diploma at the Ann Latsky Nursing College.

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Maccmillan

MACCMILLAN NGOBENI

Maccmillan is the Bookkeeper at OUT. He holds a NCV of Finance, Economics and Accounting Level 4 and is about to complete a Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences. He comes from a background of being a full-time voluntary LGBTI activist as a Capricorn District Coordinator for Limpopo LGBTI proudly Out.

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Katiso

KATISO MAPHEPA

Katiso is the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at OUT. He holds an M&E Guidelines for Sex Workers, Men who have sex with Men, Transgender Populations Certificate, and Social Marketing for Health Certificate. He is doing a National M&E Certificate with the FPD foundation. He is a member of a Voice of the Nation Choir and enjoys traveling.

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Sam

SAMUEL NTHUSANE

Samuel is the Reception Clerk at the OUT office and the TEN81 Centre in Hatfield, Pretoria. He from Soshanguve and first joined OUT as a Peer Educator in August 2010. Samuel is currently studying towards a diploma in Marketing with Unisa.

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Happy

HAPPY PHALENG

Happy Phaleng is the Peer Outreach Coordinator at OUT. He is an inspirational young activist who educates and advocates for the youth, especially LGBTI youth in rural areas.

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Clara

CLARA MAKHWELA

Clara Makhwela has been the office domestic worker at OUT for the past twenty years.

 


 

PEER OUTREACH WORKERS

 Doricah

DORICAH KHASELELA

Doricah holds a BA Community Development and Leadership Degree. She is passionate about community work and she wants to contribute to building a safer LGBTI Community. She enjoys playing soccer and socialising with people who are positive and open minded. Doricah has previously served as a secretary of UJ Liberati Soweto campus.


 Sinethemba

SINETHEMBA SAKATI

Sinethemba holds a BA psychology degree. He is passionate about community work, singing and fashion styling, and loves life.


 Tshepang

TSHEPANG MOSSES MBATHA

Tshepang has a love for community development and wants to contribute to building a healthier and safer LGBTI community. He is studying Business Administration and Health Promotion.


 Maria

MARIA LETSOALO

Maria is passionate about educating people about human sexuality, with the aim of eradicating homophobia.


 Nazo

NAZO TUNZI

Nazo is an LLB graduate based in Pretoria who is passionate about equality and empowerment of various marginalised groups of people. She has spoken at several national and international HIV/AIDS conferences. She's also an avid film fanatic and enjoys leisure reading in her down time.


 Thabang

THABANG MBONGENI NGUBENI

Thabang has a background in working in retail and customer service relations. He is passionate about bettering people's lives by promoting healthy living.


Dlozi

DLOZI NTHETHWA

Dlozi is a multimedia publisher. She has an aesthetic for juxtaposition and a talent for image up-cycling. A passion for community development drives her to participate in and create digital products that support disadvantaged groups, especially where good health and education intersect.


Fortunate

FORTUNATE NDLOVU

Fortunate has a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She has a passion for working with people from diverse walks of life.


Funders

 coc new

COC Netherlands


didiri new 2

The DiDiRi Programme


 gdh new

Gauteng Department of Health


 tshwane new2

Tshwane Department of Health


 u pta new

University of Pretoria School of Medicine


shell new

Shell SA LGBTI Network


 dept state new

US Department of State


tb hiv new

TB / HIV Care Association


cdc new

The Centers for Disease Control


 open society

Open Society Foundations

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Organisation Info

 

Physical Address

1081 Pretorius Street
Hatfield, Pretoria
0083
South Africa

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Contact Numbers

Telephone: (012) 430 3272
Facsimile: (012) 342 2700

South Africa international dialing code: +27

 

 

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