Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

The Gay & Lesbian Network held their Annual General Meeting last weekend, on 27 February. The AGM was held at St Alpheges Church in Alan Paton Drive on Saturday. The acting chairperson, Nkululeko Conco, the finance manager, Nasreen Visajee and director of the Gay & Lesbian Network, Anthony Waldhausen kicked off the meeting with their yearly reports. The guest speaker was Pumla Mabizela from Oxfam, South Africa.  The Master of ceremonies was Mr Pink Mynah 2015, Abongile Matyila. In between speakers, there was lovely singing by Petunia Msani.

The various programmes also reported back on the highlights on the last year. The programme manager, Thuli Mjwara gave an overview of the progress of the programmes. The Gay & Lesbian Network currently run four programmes which are aimed at promoting Equality, Respect and Acceptance for all. The four programmes that the Gay & Lesbian Network runs are ‘Creating an Enabling Environment’, ‘Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights’, the ‘Outreach’ programme and the relatively new ‘Research’ unit.

The Gay & Lesbian Network were very pleased to announce that they have recently partnered with the Litres for Education initiative which enables ordinary people to make a difference to their choice of educational institution, community projects and non-profit organisations based on the amount of fuel they purchase monthly. When filling up with fuel at one of the participating service stations, 10 cents for every litre goes towards the charity and in this case, the Gay & Lesbian Network. All you have to do is sign up online and then choose the Gay & Lesbian Network as your preferred beneficiary, and tell the service station when you fill up on fuel. You need to also get a donor ID which you need to stick to your windscreen and they are available at the Gay & Lesbian Network office.

The Gay & Lesbian Network educates the general population, as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community on various topics, including health rights, sexual diversity, personal development, etc. The Gay & Lesbian Network also run a helpline for those in distress and are involved in numerous anti-bullying campaigns.

If you are interested in learning more about the Gay & Lesbian Network or would like to make donations through the Litres for Education fund, please visit the website at www.gaylesbian.org.za or call the Gay & Lesbian Network on 033 342 6165. Alternatively, you may visit the offices at 187a Burger Street.

 





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