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.

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• 15% have experienced physical abuse or assault.

• 36% have been on the receiving end of verbal abuse.

If you’ve experienced a hate crime because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, these organisations can help. Call one of them now:

• Lesbian and Gay Centre (Durban): (031) 312-7402

• FEW (Joburg): (011) 403-1906/7

• GALA (Joburg): (011) 717-4239 • OUT LGBT Wellbeing (Pretoria): (012) 430-3272

• Gay & Lesbian Network (Pietermaritzburg): 0860 33 33 31

• Triangle Project (Cape Town): (021) 686-1475

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is defined as “a criminal act committed against people, property, or an organisation, that is motivated in whole or part by prejudice, because of the group to which the victim belongs or identifies with”.

Perpetrators seek to demean and dehumanise victims – considered different – based on actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation (this could also include race, ethnicity, age, disability, health status, nationality, social origin, religious convictions, culture, language, and/or other characteristics). The criminal act could be physical in nature, or verbal (ie. hate speech), or any form of discrimination based on the above.

For more information on the Love, Not Hate campaign click here.

The “Love, Not Hate” programme is funded by DiDiRi, the Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSFSA).

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).