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.

PRESS RELEASES

Health Workers Arrested for Handing Out Water

Marabastad, Tshwane: Three health workers providing life-saving interventions approved by the Gauteng Department of Health were arrested at 12h00 on Tuesday the 17th of January for handing out 20ml bottles of sterile water. 

According to the arresting officer, Warrant Officer (W/O) Mokholo, officials at the Gauteng Department of Health and the Medicines Control Council it was confirmed that the provision of sterile water is a criminal offence. The water was being given out as part of the Step-Up Project, an HIV prevention programme aimed at people who inject drugs. The project is run by OUT Well-being in Tshwane and is supported by the Gauteng Department of Health and the University of Pretoria.

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Majority of LGBT South Africans live in fear of discrimination

A groundbreaking new report has revealed that more than half (55%) of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) South Africans fear they will experience discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

These fears are well founded: 44% of those surveyed said they had indeed experienced discrimination in their everyday life, due to their LGBT status, in the past two years.

The report – Hate Crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in South Africa, 2016 – was conducted as a research initiative of the Love Not Hate Campaign by OUT LGBT Well-being, in collaboration with Nudge Insights and Analytics.

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Love Not Hate shocked by Jon Qwelane case postponement

The Love Not Hate campaign is shocked by media reports that the hate speech case against Jon Qwelane has been postponed due to his ill health. According to his legal representatives, the former journalist may never be able to attend the trial.

The case has now dragged on for eight years, with Qwelane refusing to accept his 2011 hate speech conviction for writing a homophobic article and subsequently challenging the constitutionality of the Equality Act.

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Shocking new stats show that South Africans are becoming MORE homophobic

As it’s revealed that 14% of Gauteng residents support violence against gay and lesbian people, Love Not Hate calls for the fight against homophobia to become a national priority. 

Among the results of the 2015 Gauteng City-Region Observatory Quality of Life Survey, released on Tuesday, 14% of Gautengers agreed that it’s acceptable to be violent to gay and lesbian people. 

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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).