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 – CHANGING LIVES FOR 21 YEARS

Today, OUT runs a clinic in Hatfield, offering its clients – who are often discriminated against by mainstream service providers – numerous health and psychosocial services, such as HIV and STI prevention and treatment, and counselling. Other crucial work is training mainstream service providers, largely in the health field, to meet the needs of LGBT clients.

The organisation further has a proud history of lobbying for legal reform and ensuring justice for LGBT people in South Africa. This includes being instrumental in the successful campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005 and working with civil society and government against the ongoing scourge of hate crimes. OUT’s groundbreaking research assessing the needs of LGBT people was also the first such research ever undertaken in South Africa.• 

“It’s been a very rewarding 21 years. We have accomplished so much; research-wise, providing services, and ensuring long-term and paradigm-shifting legal reform,” comments OUT Director Dawie Nel.

“We’ve seen South Africa move from so much promise in 1994 to current-day incompetence and arrogance. But it will change again; there are many positives in this country that will once again set the tone. Our work offers many lessons; the value of consistency, of community involvement and development, and the values of equality, integrity and dignity. We look forward to the next 21 years!” exclaims Nel.

The statistics speak for themselves. Since launching its professional services in 2006 OUT has:

  • Provided clinical services – including HIV testing, medication and other medical and sexual health services – to over 7,000 people.
  • Provided face to face and telephonic counselling and support to over 10,000 individuals.
  • Trained over 8,000 nurses, doctors, psychologists, counsellors and other service providers on the unique needs of the LGBT community.
  • Reached almost 33,000 people in diverse communities with support, information, safer sex packs and flyers through its peer outreach workers.
  • Distributed literally hundreds of thousands of condoms, lubrication packs, dental dams and HIV and STI awareness pamphlets.
  • Informed and advised over 248,000 people through its sexual health websites, launched in 2010: www.men2men.co.za and www.womyn2womyn.co.za.

Should you wish to arrange an interview with Dawie Nel please contact him on 012 430 3272 or neld@out.org.za. With their vast experience in the field, OUT staff members are also available to the media for comment and input on news stories affecting the LGBT community.

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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).