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.

CORRECTIVE RAPE SURVIVORS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH

This crime is often committed against women because of the false belief that they can be cured from their sexual orientation. Many other misconceptions exist around homosexuality and this further fuels the already high rate of hate crimes committed against people of homosexual orientation. Black women are often targeted because of their race, social status and because it is believed that being lesbian is ‘un-African’.

Despite the fact that the South African Constitution offers protection against harm, hate crimes against these women continue.

Wee’s research tries to discover just how such women experience and make meaning of corrective rape. Little is known about corrective rape in academic circles and this study hopes to add psychological knowledge to improve counselling and other services for survivors of corrective rape.

Wee aims to conduct interviews with corrective rape survivors, during which they will talk CONFIDENTIALLY about some of their experiences. The interviews will last approximately 90 minutes. The interviews will be audio-taped and thereafter transcribed.

Once ready, Wee will share the results of the research with those interviewed.

If you can help with this important research, please contact Lizelle de Wee, Researcher and Clinical Psychologist, on lizelledw@uj.ac.za / 011 559 2928.

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).