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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Dozens attended historic first Hammanskraal Pride

OUT, through its TEN81 Pretoria clinic and outreach teams, provides free HIV testing and treatment, PrEP and other sexual health services to men who have sex with men.

Hammanskraal Pride was an occasion for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trasngender and queer) locals and their friends, families and allies to get together. It was also a rare opportunity to safely celebrate and assert diverse sexual and gender expressions and identities.

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“There aren’t a lot of spaces in the area for LGBTQ people to socialise,” explained Happy Phaleng, Outreach Programme Coordinator at OUT. “And it can be difficult and expensive for them to go to other places or Prides outside of Hammanskraal. So there was a lot of excitement around the Pride.”

Attendees picnicked and braaied on the lawns while being treated to entertainment from performers and DJs. TEN81’s outreach staff and nurses offered pride-goers the opportunity to get tested for HIV, be put on treatment or start PrEP (the daily pill that prevents HIV). The celebration ended in the early evening.

In response to the success of the event, Phaleng said that OUT plans to host future Hammanskraal Pride events in 2019.

For more information about TEN81’s free sexual health services visit www.1081.co.za or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/teneightyone.

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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).