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 APPLAUDS BOTSWANA HIGH COURT RULING

On Friday, 14 November, the court said that the refusal by government bodies to register Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) under the Botswana Societies Act was unconstitutional.

The state had insisted that it could not register the group as the Constitution “does not recognise homosexuals” and because the organisation could be used for an “unlawful purpose.”

LEGABIBO argued, however, that the refusal was clearly discriminatory and violated its members’ right to freedom of association, assembly, and expression.

Wisely, Justice Terence Rannowane agreed, and ruled that, “the [objectives] of LEGABIBO as reflected in the society’s constitution are all ex facie lawful. They include carrying out political lobbying for equal rights and decriminalisation of same sex relationships.”

“The ruling is particularly significant within an African context as LGBT rights groups in a number of countries – including Kenya and Mozambique – have been refused registration,” commented OUT Health Manager Johan Meyer. “This limits their ability to operate legitimately, to be recognised by and work with government entities and to raise funds.”

He added: “LEGABIBO’s victory is a victory for key democratic values. Attempting to stifle discussion, debate and openness only serves to diminish our shared humanity. Democracy is not just about allowing who and what we’re comfortable with, it’s a right for all of Africa’s citizens – no matter who they love.”

Expression of same-sex love is currently illegal in 38 African countries.

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).