The Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN) was at Soweto Pride 2015 showing our support. The march took place in Meadowlands and the main focus was to stop hate crimes against LGBTI persons, especially in the townships where it has mostly been women victims who have been raped and murdered. This year’s theme was “Our Lives Matter – Safety, Justice and Freedom are our Rights.” A great time was had by all who attended!
The Gay & Lesbian Network recently had our external evaluation feedback. The aim of the evaluation is to see where the Network is and how the work that we do is making an impact. The feedback was given by Dr Claire Kerry, who conducted the evaluation. The event was held at the KZN Museum with discussions and tea had afterwards.
The Gay & Lesbian Network recently held a dialogue on Gender & Religion. This was done in colaboration with Ujamaa Centre for biblical and theological community development and research. The dialogue was a huge success and many topics were discussed, including sexuality, gender, and what the bible says. This was held by the Creating an Enabling Environment project. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, please send an email to email@example.com
The Rainbow Theatre Group, a project of the Gay & Lesbian Network, performed at Jomba 2015 – a contemporary dance festival run by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Creative Arts. They were the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) drama group to be part of the festival.
The piece that was performed was “My Body, My Life, My Decisions” and was choreographed by Thobeka Bhengu and directed by Fiona Donna Young, who also performed with the dancers as a singer. There were images displayed on the screen behind them during their performance, and these included well known images of corrective rape victims and victims of homophobic hate crimes.
The Gay & Lesbian Network is very proud of all of those involved in the Rainbow Theatre Group!
*Thank you to Jomba for the following photos:
In celebration of Women’s Day, the ladies at the Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN) were treated to a buffet breakfast at the Golden Horse Casino. The event was hosted by the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest and there were many inspirational speakers. The speakers included Derryn Campbell, Priscilla Bhika, Sue Barnes and MC Ingrid Roberts. There was also a fashion show and many lucky draws, in which Tracy Sibisi and Ann Sthole won some lovely prizes. The day was also in celebration of the Community Chest’s 55 birthday and attendees were asked to make donation towards the Chest. The GLN ladies had a fabulous time at the breakfast and it was a real treat!
On August 6 2015, the participants of the Zenzele Project, had their graduation ceremony. The Zenzele Project is an off shoot of the Gay & Lesbian Network’s Outreach project, and is aimed at empowering youth in local communities.
The Zenzele Project is the first of its kind in the area and was implemented in February. The group of 42 participants were spilt into separate groups for training. The topics that were covered in the course included personal development, career development and financial literacy. The personal development was facilitated by Lindzi Robinowitz and Monique Van Deventer, while Simon Wilde and Mark Brassell covered financial literacy, and Anna Martin did career development with them.
Londeka Xulu is the programme co-ordinator and has been hoping to run such a project for years and is extremely happy about the Zenzele pilot being such a great success. Ndumiso Gwala is the outreach worker who was also an integral part of the project.