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.

Advocacy

OUT has been involved in advocacy since 2006. Past efforts include same-sex marriage, victim empowerment and hate crimes, and the Sexual Offenses Act.

Current advocacy work focuses on HIV and hate crime work. OUT has played a major role in securing a LGBT Sector within the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC). OUT represents issues within the SANAC High Plenary, Programme Implementation Committee, the Women’s Sector and the Research and Monitoring Task Team.

OUT has also played an active role in proposing a national programme to reach the MSM related targets in the current National Strategic Plan and to ensure inclusion of targets in the NSP for 2012 and beyond. OUT participates in the Hate Crime Working Group and its efforts to include hate crimes within legislation and to acknowledge sexual orientation as a basis of vulnerability.

OUT participated in the activities of the now-defunct Joint Working Group and its efforts to promote the interest of LGBT community groups in South Africa.

OUT is a member of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and plays an active role to promote the interest of MSM in the continent. AMSHER is also very active in addressing HIV issues including programming in this area.

OUT further engages on an ongoing basis with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Task Team addressing hate crimes against LGBTI people, and other related structures.

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).