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.

Teen painted red for being gay

“Even though my whole family has accepted me, I still have to live my life based on my community’s approval.”

Ndlovu has tried to ignore the years of jokes and humiliation, but lately it got to be too much.

“It all started as innocent laughter and I even used to laugh with them but over the years it became uncomfortable and abusive. I was called names that I wouldn’t even say aloud to myself. Last month, it became too much bear when they poured paint all over my body.”

Even though my whole family has accepted me, I still have to live my life based on my community’s approval.”

According to Ndlovu’s mother, her son has complained about a particular group of boys a number of times.

“I intervened and so did the boys’ parents and they all promised to stop harassing my son,” she said. “When he stopped complaining, I truly thought things were resolved so I was unaware it continued.”

She was shocked when her son tried to take his life: “I am so happy that he survived the suicide but from now and onwards, I will fight his battles no matter what he says. It shouldn’t have come to this because no one should have to commit suicide just because they are trying to fit in their communities.”

Ndlovu says he was “desperate and confused” from all the discrimination he was suffering.

“These people are supposed to be my friends, brothers and sisters. I wish people will understand that I didn’t choose to be gay and by living my lifestyle, I am not trying to provoke them.

“Being gay doesn’t define the really me and doesn’t make me less of a male. It is not fair to be judged based on the mistakes that were done by other gay men.”

By Cynthia Maseko. Article courtesy of Health-e News.

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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.
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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).