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

The Gay & Lesbian Network’s Pink Mynah Festival started with an Arts & Film Festival which was held at the KZN Museum on 3rd December 2015. The event was a huge success, with over 70 people in attendance. One of the main highlights was the screening of the much celebrated film, While you weren’t looking. The audience thoroughly enjoyed this film and there was a discussion of it after the screening. Some of the comments included things like “This film portrays the power the love and what it can do to you” and “it’s really great to see a film like this- one that shows what it’s like for the South African queer community.”

Other highlights of the day included the Rainbow Theatre Group, the Gay & Lesbian’s Network very own drama group. They performed a contemporary dance piece entitled “my body, my life, my decisions” which aims at raising awareness on the high prevalence of hate crimes committed against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed (LGBTI) community throughout Africa. There was also an art exhibition which focused on the prevalence of hate crimes, an HIV/AIDS exhibition, poetry and singing. A great time was had by all and there was only positive feedback on the day’s events.