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.

Holding hate to account: Jon Qwelane to return to Jo’burg High Court for homophobic hate speech

The public outcry around the homophobic and prejudicial contents of the article resulted in the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) approaching the Equality Court to seek a public apology and damages from Mr Qwelane on the grounds that the contents of his article constitute prohibited hate speech in terms of section 10(1) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 (“the Equality Act”). Mr Qwelane has since mounted a constitutional challenge to the hate speech provisions of the Equality Act.

As ‘friend of the court’, The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) will make submissions to the court regarding the importance of the relevant provisions of the Equality Act in stemming verbal and physical violence, and argue that these provisions meet constitutional muster. PsySSA will also highlight the pernicious psychological and social effects of the speech contained in Mr Qwelane’s article and its impact on LGBTQ communities and on society at large.

“Mr Qwelane’s article was a flagrant attack on the dignity of LGBT people that promotes discrimination. It is now time that he apologises for the hurt and harm his words have caused. We are hopeful that the court will act against this hate speech, and, in doing so, send a message that utterances which denigrate and dehumanise people, undermine the advancement of equality and discrimination for all”, says Prof Juan Nel, Past President of PsySSA.

A strong civil society presence is expected at the court hearing, including PsySSA members, People Opposing Women Abuse, LGBT activists and organisations, and other social justice allies.

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).