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 URGES EQUALITY COURT TO DO ITS JOB AND PROTECT LGBT RIGHTS

The men, who are also Christians, wanted to be in the area to be near their son who was going to attend a school camp. They were humiliatingly told that the venue was not “gay friendly.”

The couple, assisted by the SA Human Rights Commission, then took guesthouse owners Marina and Steph Neethling to the Equality Court, as is their right under the Equality Act.

Outrageously, the Neethlings argued that it was their constitutional right to freedom of religion that was being discriminated against.

According to media reports, Magistrate Jerome Koeries at least in part agreed and last week failed to rule in favour of the gay couple, instead referring the matter to “an appropriate body for mediation, conciliation or negotiation.”

OUT Director Dawie Nel expressed his disappointment at the indecisive and unfair decision.

“The law is entirely clear. Gays and lesbians may not be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, and may not be denied a service by an establishment serving the public. The Neethlings have a right to their religious views, but not to use these to treat selected people like second class citizens,” he said.

Nel continued: “The court’s failure to uphold the law could have serious and dangerous consequences for the rights of LGBT people in South Africa and could be used to bolster companies or services that use religious justifications to discriminate. These cases are becoming increasingly common and should not be tolerated.

“In addition, this disturbing lack of action by the court may well further dissuade LGBT people from pursuing the often disruptive and time consuming path of taking these matters to the Equality Court.” he noted.

OUT urges the courts to do their job and uphold the law rather than pandering to unjust and discriminatory religious views.

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