The Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN) recently received a donation of R1400 from Amy Rand and her family, who come from North Dakota in the United States of America. They are in South Africa for a year while Amy’s Husband, Simon Pryor, who is a Fulbright Scholar, is working at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Gay & Lesbian Network is a registered non-profit organisation who do pioneering work with primarily young, unemployed and marginalized lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living in and around KwaZulu-Natal. The Network aims to create a non-discriminatory, supportive and accepting society in which members of all communities are uplifted and developed.
She donated to the Gay & Lesbian Network in recognition of her gay friend, Joshua Meyers, who recently married his partner, Andrew, in the USA. Joshua and Amy grew up together, with Amy often babysitting Joshua and his siblings. Joshua and his family also “worked tirelessly to secure marriage equality in Minnesota and elsewhere”.
Amy says in her blog, after finding out about the work of the Gay & Lesbian Network, “Wow, was I impressed to learn about this organization and their outreach, counselling, and advocacy in response to those needs in our province of KwaZulu-Natal! They train police departments and front line medical staff to increase their competence on LGBTI issues. They support young people who are unemployed and marginalized to find a safe and supportive community. They are raising awareness around hate crimes, an ongoing and essential effort to decrease the violence perpetrated against LGBT people. They’re doing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; and if that weren’t enough for a non-profit with a small staff, they even have a counselling hotline, an outreach program to churches and traditional healers, and a theatre troop!” (If you would like to read Amy’s blog you may visit http://bit.ly/1qt1B2n )
After meeting with Anthony Waldhausen, the director and founder of the Gay & Lesbian network, she said “Something I found inspiring about my conversation with Anthony was the way he connected the work of his organization to that of the broader society. Rather than separate or different, LGBT leaders with this organization see themselves as allies of all oppressed or marginalized individuals. For example, they advocate for and support efforts to protect the rights of widows and people with disabilities or mental illness.”
The Gay & Lesbian Network is extremely grateful for the generous donation and encourages others to donate to the network to help fulfil their work towards the recognition and upliftment of the LGBTI community.
If you would like to support the Gay & Lesbian Network, you may make a donation by visiting the Tcard at www.gln.tcard.mobi or you may make an EFT payment to the Gay & Lesbian Network using the following details:
Account name: Gay and Lesbian Network
Account number: 62149632772
Branch code: 220825
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ (For international donations)
The Gay & Lesbian Network is tax exempt and has Section 18A (1) status. Every donation you make to the Network is TAX DEDUCTIBLE in terms of Section 18A (1) of the Income Tax Act 1962, as amended.