Servicing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community

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.

OUT Welcomes Equality Court Ruling Affirming Lesbian Couple’s Rights

The Buitendag couple entered into a civil union in 2011 and they decided on ShaMani as an appropriate venue to publicly celebrate their wedding. When they tried to obtain a suitable date, various obstacles were put in their way. The Buitendags brought a case in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (2003) which specifies that any person may bring a case of unfair discrimination by the State or a private person or institution to an equality court.

Dawie Nel, the Director of OUT, stated: “We are encouraged by the ruling. It shows hard-won legal equalities put into action. South African society is still deeply conservative and very quick to use ‘un-African’ and ‘un-Christian’ excuses to diminish Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) citizens’ equality and dignity. We congratulate the Buitendags for their courage not to accept such discrimination and to use our progressive legal framework to protect their rights and to further social equality.”

OUT addresses various forms of discrimination against LGBT people. The organisation is currently working to secure successful convictions in the cases of eight gay men murdered in Gauteng. OUT also conducts various trainings with mainstream service providers to ensure that LGBT clients receive competent and friendly services.

Nel continued: “We will use the R20,000 payment in our ongoing work to address all forms of discrimination and hate crimes against our community. There are concerning levels of prejudice in South African society and progressive forces need to speak out and take action to ensure freedom for all.”

Services
Have you been threatened, hit, raped or had your property damaged or stolen because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)? Then you have been a victim of a hate crime.
OUT offers exciting training to mainstream service providers and other interested parties. The training assists individuals to understand themselves as sexual beings.
Currently OUT distributes safer sex packs to a range of venues in Tshwane that are utilised by gay men and lesbian women. These packs also include responsible sex messaging, appropriate barrier methods and lube.
OUT's Engage Men’s Health project offers free and confidential sexual health services to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).