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.

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New South African transgender memoir to be released

 
Born into a Jewish family in Johannesburg and raised by her parents as a boy, Tomson says she was never sure just how much of her persistent internal discomfort to blame on her often troubled family life and strict upbringing.
 
She qualified and practised as a doctor, but it would take a great deal more clear-sighted and difficult questioning, not least of the medical fraternity, to finally find peace and self-acceptance.
 
The memoir is described as “a clarion call for a more nuanced understanding of trans people and the concepts of sex, gender and identity” and a “courageous account of self-discovery and transition as Anastacia embraces her truth, as the woman she has always been.”
 
In an excerpt from the book, Tomson writes: “I have fought hard, held back for decades by a body that did not fit and an identity that did not belong.
 
“At first, it had seemed like transition was a vague and unattainable aspiration, a romantic ideal that was incompatible with reality. But now – after five months of hormone therapy, countless sessions of painful laser hair removal and multiple appointments with doctors and psychologists – it is very much a reality.”
 
Tomson has worked as a general practitioner both in the public and private sectors, and also has a background in freelance journalism.
 
She says she has a passion for activism and advocacy, with a specific interest in promoting access to healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
 
The book is one of just a handful produced on transgender lives and issues in South Africa. In March 2015, Junkets published Miscast, by Charmaine Kendal, a local novel about a transgender teen coming to grips with his true identity.
 
Always Anastacia will be launched at discussions with Tomson in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 31 May at 6pm at Love Books (Melville) and in Cape Town on Wednesday, 1 June at 5.30pm at The Book Lounge.
 
For more information and to RSVP contact info@lovebooks.co.za (Joburg) and booklounge@gmail.com (Cape Town).

 

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).