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.

LGB youth in US face alarming rates of violence and bullying

This year marked the first time the biannual Youth Risk Behaviour Survey (YRBS) asked young people about their sexual orientation. The results from this year’s survey are sobering:

• Thirty-four percent of LGB teens reported having been bullied in school, and 18 percent said they had been raped;

• Twenty-three percent reported experiencing sexual violence, and 18 percent were subjected to physical violence from someone they were dating;

• And more than 30 percent reported having attempted suicide in the past year alone.

“Anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment have serious and heartbreaking consequences for young people and these numbers make that more clear than ever,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Trainings.

“This is a call to action to support and protect our young people. From the messages youth receive at their kitchen table, in their classroom, and on prime-time TV, we all must do more to put an end to anti-LGBTQ stigma. Policymakers, for one, can start with the passage and implementation of local, state, and federal anti-bullying policies and nondiscrimination protections.”

The YRBS surveyed 15,713 teens in 2015 in high schools across the US. While this report gives insight into the plight of LGB youth, it is not a complete picture: a number of states eliminated sexual orientation questions from their surveys.

The HRC noted that the YRBS still does not identify teens who are transgender or gender-expansive—even though previous research suggests that transgender teens are more likely to experience violence and other serious problems. The CDC is expected to add these questions to the YRBS in the future.

Researchers believe that anti-LGBTQ stigma is a major cause of problems including depression, violence and substance abuse among LGBTQ youth. Studies show that support from peers, family and other important adults helps them to manage the consequences of stigma.

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).