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.

love not hate launch 17 aug 2015 article

New Love, Not Hate campaign funding launched

The programme, first launched in November 2013, is a national collaboration between LGBTI groups to manage and monitor sexual orientation and gender identity hate crime cases, raise awareness of hate crimes and work with government to tackle the scourge.

The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery, which, he said, reflected “the seriousness that our government is taking in terms of LGBTI equality.”

He stated that while South Africa could be proud of its legislative equality for LGBTI people, “it is easier to change a law than to change prejudice.”

Addressing the audience, Chile’s Ambassador to South Africa, Carlos Parker, said that his country was proud to support the Love, Not Hate campaign as a partner in the Global Equality Fund.

“The fight for LGBT equal rights is not a Western concept being imposed on Africa,” Parker told the audience. “It is a just and fair fight for a world without discrimination.”

The sentiment was echoed by Patrick Gaspard, the US Ambassador to South Africa, who said that the grant is intended to “validate your voices and concerns,” and that it embodies a “North-South global partnership.”

He also acknowledged that in certain aspects of LGBTI rights, such as marriage and constitutional equality, South Africa had led the way. Gaspard expressed his hope that the Love, Not Hate programme will help to “make sure that we are free and safe every day.”

Dawie Nel, Director of OUT, one of the groups collaborating in the campaign, said it was important to sustain the vital programme.

“We very excited about the support from the Global Equality Fund,” he said. “It will allow civil society groups to address LGBTI hate crimes more effectively, and we aim to do so with close collaboration with the government so that there is justice for all hate crime victims.”

Please visit our Facebook page here for a photo gallery of the launch event.

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).