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Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre

The Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre (a project of the KZN Coalition for Gay & Lesbian Equality) is a Drop-In Centre, safe and secure space for lesbian, transgender, gay, bisexual, and intersex communities in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

We have moved to No.42 McKenzie Road, Morningside, Durban, 4001
T: 031 312 7402
F: 031 312 8838
E: admin@gaycentre.org.za
Whatsapp: 083 748 9565
Facebook: Durban Lesbian and Gay Centre // Durban Pride

We provide Personal, HIV and AIDS Counselling and do referrals for Legal Counselling and Advise. We cover matters ranging from understanding own sexual orientation, health status, coming out (LGBT and HIV+), mitigating/fighting stigma and discrimination, homelessness, drug and alcohol use/abuse, living positively, drafting wills, same-sex marriages and divorce.

We are a HCT Clinic providing among other things HIV Counselling and Testing, STI and TB screening and treatment referrals.

Human Rights Advocacy and Campaigning are at the heart of our work. Our current work include human right education on Rights and Responsibility, Gender and Sexuality, Fighting Discrimination of LGBT Youth In Schools, and ‘Hate Crimes’ primarily against LGBT people. At a Policy development level, our current work is on the Sexual Offenses Bill, Domestic Partnerships and further developments of the Civil Unions Act.

We house an extensive Library, Research and Resource Centre on LGBT, women, youth, children, sex and sexuality, sexual health, human rights, reproductive rights, social, political, health, disability, and many other aspects of communities. It also houses a collection of LGBT, HIV, AIDS and related media clippings in its archives. These will, over time, be made available on this website.

Inlcuded in our Social & Political Programme are Development Seminars, Movie Screenings, Interest and Support Group.

We work with KZN Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association, hosts Durban Pride, Mr and Miss Durban Pride, Miss Gay Durban, the KZN LGBT Fashion and Hair Show, KZN LGBT Talent Show and KZN LGBTI Activism Awards.

The 2013 DURBAN LGBT COMMUNITY CENTRE TEAM

Board: Prof. Reddy, Prof. Bennett, Dr Tallis, Adv Ntsele, Dr Msibi and Mr Zondi
Director & Advocacy Officer: Ms Nonhlanhla Mkhize

DURBAN (eThekwini):
AO, Bookkeeping & Resource Centre: Mr Sbongiseni Mkhwanazi
OM, Research & Mainstream Training: S. Nombande
Sexual Health: C. Mehilal & M. Meyer (Volunteers)
Psychosocial & HCT: M. Meyer, P. Hurdeen & S. Ngongoshe (Volunteers)
Legal Counselling and Advice: Pro-Bono Org & Individuals
Clinic & Capacity Building Within Health: Sr Linda, S. Khumalo & B. Buthelezi.
Commodity: N. Malamlela (Volunteer)

RICHARD’S BAY (Mhlathuze: Management:Q.Nxumalo, M.Malwane and K.Ngema // Staff: M. Ngcobo, N. Mthembu, N. Mhlongo, S. Mathenjwa & S. Biyela

LADYSMITH (Mnambithi): N. Thungo & W. Nxasana

SOUTH COAST: Dr. L ‘Makhosi’ Bhengu (Traditional Healer)

EASTERN CAPE (Umtata): S. Ncanana

INTEREST AND SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS
Girl Talk (Girls 12-20): A. Zulu (Volunteer)
G-Force (Women 21-35): S. Khumalo (Volunteer)
Ithemba Lethu (HIV+ on ARVs): S. Ngongoshe (Volunteer)
HIV+ LGBTIs: M. Meyer (Volunteer)
Friends For Life (16-25): S. Mkhwanazi
Friends For Life (25-40): P. Hurdeen (Volunteer)
WSW Seminars: C. Mehilal (Volunteer)
MSM Seminars: S. Khumalo & Sr Luthuli (Umlazi Clinic)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Durban Pride Team: S.Kruger (Law School, UKZN), S.Nombande (2Galz&AGuy), P.Kubeka (Link Events), J.Fidler (3rd Millenium), F.Melman (Business), T.Holtzhausen (The Lounge), B.Petrick (Deo Gloria Family Church) & E. Otto (Government)

Why bosses and businesses need to take LGBTI+ inclusion more seriously

Many employees hide their sexuality at work for fear of discrimination.

An international study has revealed insights into whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people feel included in the workplace.

The study was conducted by international LGBT market research leaders, Out Now Consulting.

LISTEN: Stories about coming out of the closet

The study surveyed over more than 3 000 young LGBTI+ people from across 15 countries, including South Africa, UK, USA, Spain, Germany, Turkey.

CEO of Out Now, Ian Johnson, explains that 58% of young LGBTI+ are not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at work because they worry they will face discrimination from managers and colleagues.

Despite having “come out” at school, university and to loved ones, many young LGBTI+ graduates go back “into the closet” at their first job.

Read: How was your experience of ‘coming out’ with your sexual orientation?

Johnson says businesses need to stop window dressing LGBTI+ inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

He adds that policy alone isn’t enough to drive inclusion and breaks down the findings of their research.

Here are some of the insights that apply to South Africa:

  • 50% in SA said that hearing negative comments in the workplace was the reason that they preferred not to come out during their first job.
  • 29% went totally back in the closet.
  • 37% (more than 1 in 3) did not disclose their gender identity or sexual orientation with their direct manager at their first job .
  • 47% said they had hidden their gender identity or sexual orientation because they feared it could affect their success or prospects of promotion.

Read more about the Out Now research study here.

New graduates (18 to 25) reported the highest percentage of going back into the closet.

— Ian Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Out Now

Increasingly, people of the age groups between 18 and 25 – even up to 35 – have become very used to being out at university, at school, and with their peers, but they start in a very unfamiliar environment at work.

— Ian Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Out Now

They want managers to visibly and regularly show their support by what they say and what they do – consistently and genuinely. Make support for LGBTI+ it visible and verbal.

— Ian Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Out Now

[Workplace] culture happens when senior management is not watching, that’s the moment we need to work in.

— Ian Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Out Now

A small rainbow flag, representing equality for members of the LGBTI community. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

‘My boss told me being lesbian would limit my career’

South African professionals also opened up with their personal experienced of being LGBTI+ in the work environment.

Compliance manager Sindiswa Ngcwabe, economist Xhanti Payi, and account manager Siya Mnyanda all shared their anecdotes along with other listeners.

She called me in with one of the managers to ask me if I’m lesbian. I obviously denied it. She told me that if I am [lesbian], it’s quite limiting. I won’t go far in my career.

— Sindiswa Ngcwabe, Compliance Manager at Cricket South Africa

In certain fields, [being gay] is almost a mark of being ‘better’, in other places it’s not such a great space. Anyone who’s worked in a bank knows that that being gay is ‘career-limiting’.

— Xhanti Payi – Economist and head of research at Nascence Advisory and Research

The corporate space still mirrors South society. South Africans are still negotiating their views on homosexuality. Something told me not come out at work, I hoped that it wouldn’t cost me my career.

— Siya Mnyanda, Account manager at a multinational technological company

 

Gay pride or LGBT pride

Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals and even a cable TV station and the Pride Library.

Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia’s 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals, such as Sydney Mardi Gras, which spans several weeks.