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Triangle Project is Cape Town’s oldest LGBTI organization. They provide health and support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, their partners and families. While we may have a wonderful constitution the reality is that there are still extremely high levels of homophobia in South Africa. LGBTI people face continuous discrimination, a range of specific mental health and health concerns, and increasing levels of violence. Triangle is an important source of support, community, advocacy and services, especially for those members of the LGBTI community who do not have the support of families or other social networks. Triangle’s small and committed team of 7 people provides services to the entire Western Cape, reaching even the most remote areas where there are no other LGBTI services. Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of LGBTI people have benefitted from Triangle’s services. You may not have used their services directly, but you have probably benefitted from the advocacy and research or their continuous lobbying for LGBTI rights in South Africa. Unfortunately the years of working under tough financial constraints have had their cost.Read more...
PRETORIA GAY PRIDE HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS YEARWrite comment (0 Comments)
On the 3rd of October this year, Pretoria Gay Pride promises to deliver something for everyone in the LGBTI community.
The Pretoria Gay Pride will be focusing on the broader issues of prejudice and homophobia against the LGBTI community, especially in light of the volatile gay-issues that ensued across the African continent over the past year-and-a-half.
“Pride without Prejudice” is the slogan for this year’s annual event, with more emphasis being placed on the issue of ‘silent homophobia’ that still lurks among various cultures and race groups in South Africa.
“This year we want people to come to a once again fantastic and well-organised Pride event where the capital city will see that we are here to stay. We want people to feel comfortable and without prejudice” said Bruce Walker, Chairman of the Pretoria Gay Pride board.
Pretoria Gay Pride will not only look at the outside issues, but also the so called ‘internal issues’ of bringing the gay community together. “The Gauteng gay community often ends up divided over issues of race and labels but this is where we want to cater a bit for everyone this year”, said Walker. “It will be a more intimate setting. We have reduced the price for the VIP area and the general entry remains free as always. Interested boys can bring a chair or picnic blanket as we have also added a bear fest tent this year and there will be a DJ line-up for everyone’s taste.”
Frans Zeelie, Media Relations Officer for Pretoria Gay Pride mentioned that “Gays still experience disturbing attacks by people’s comments in the media when gay-related articles are published. We do not need this kind of homophobia any longer in a free South African society, especially after 20 years of democracy”. Zeelie also mentioned that often Africans do not want to attend such events for fear of being exposed but he went on by saying that “this is the exact event where they should come to meet others like themselves and form part of a strong happy community”.
The organisers said that excellent security can be expected at the event and a powerful Pride-march with the route around the Centurion Lake Mall. The gates will open at 9am and the Pride-march will be at 12 noon. The main gathering will be held again at the Centurion Rugby Club and Babylon Night Club’s ‘Military Ball’ will entertain guests for the evening after-party.
“Pretoria Gay Pride will be hosting a variety of artists this year including Leroi, Mortimer and a special appearance by the cast of the musical: RENT”, Walker mentioned.
With entries already open, Pretoria Gay Pride is also launching their ‘Mr and Miss Pretoria Gay Pride’ competition. The final event is scheduled to take place a week before Pride on the 26th of September at ‘Fag Fest’, the “Own Your Identity” festival. The winners is said to lead the Pretoria Pride parade on the 3rd of October.
Bruce Walker still manages all the stall and float registrations. “We would also like to remind everyone to bring their sunscreen, hat, sun glasses, some cash and everything else in your favourite clutch bag”.
It is the third Pretoria Gay Pride since its launch in 2013. “Third time lucky and growing more than ever. We expect it to be the largest Pride event in South Africa this year” Walker said.
WETHEBRAVE campaign targets men who have sex with menWrite comment (0 Comments)
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission. For this reason ‘WeTheBrave’, a sexual health campaign, has been launched with MSM in mind. This will be the first large scale campaign ever in this country to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men.
The launch event took place in Newtown, Johannesburg on Thursday 25 June with a who’s who of LGBT and HIV activists in attendance. They were entertained by a performance by Odidi Mfenyana and heard messages from Sir Elton John, Professor James McIntyre, and others.
Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the WeTheBrave.co.za campaign will address both prevention and treatment issues in an affirming, non-judgemental and sex positive way, which will be entertaining and engaging.Read more...
HATE CRIMES THREATEN EVERYONEWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Hate Crimes Working Group and Peace Action, are concerned about the growing climate of violence in South Africa. The frequent and vicious outbreaks of xenophobic violence, violence against women and violence against the LGBTQI community, to name a few, are threatening the security of all who live in South Africa.
The increasing levels of intolerance and anger, expressed violently, have a devastating impact on those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in society - such as women, children, LGBTQI, foreigners and the destitute. The repeated xenophobic attacks during the past decade against refugees and other non-South Africans are adding to a culture of intolerance and resulting in violence, pain and suffering for victims of this violence. The government has failed to adequately respond to these incidents and do the work necessary to prevent continued incidences of xenophobic violence,
and to create a safe environment for non-South Africans living in South Africa.
Anova Health Institute heralds new era in HIV preventionWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Anova Health Institute, the lead organisation addressing HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa, welcomes the announcement of exciting developments regarding HIV prevention at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The conference is currently taking place in Seattle, Washington.
Researchers have confirmed the results of an earlier randomised trial and presented unequivocal evidence that the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can be used as a reliable biomedical HIV prevention strategy by MSM when taken in advance of potential exposure to the virus. Referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), such use of specific ARVs allows men to use chronic medication to prevent becoming HIV positive.
The findings relate specifically to MSM following the early completion of two studies, in France and England respectively, that provide dramatic proof of the efficacy of PrEP among the key population. In both of these studies, men were protected against HIV infection while taking the drugs, with a reduction in risk of over 80%. Significantly, the studies also demonstrated that men, who requested access to PrEP, were able to manage the treatment successfully, including necessary adherence.Read more...
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