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

The Gay & Lesbian Network’s Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) programme held an evaluation event at the KZN Museum. Pierre Bickley, the programme coordinator welcomed everyone to the event and the National Anthem was sung.

Buckley also shared a number of presentations that document the work of the SRHR programme within the region. He also discussed some of the successful partnerships that have been formed with other LGBTI organisations within Africa, including Mauritius, Botswana and Swaziland.

The SRHR field workers also had a chance to present and Bongumusa Shezi spoke about the workshops which complement the SRHR programme; Mfundo Ntombela discussed the effect of dialogues on cultural and religious misconceptions; and Minenhle Nhleko presented on the impact of social media and community radio. A question and answer session was held after the presentations, and Noxolo Nxumalo spearheaded these discussions.

ICAP, one of the Gay & Lesbian Network’s partners also attended the event with their mobile clinic to do HIV, TB and STI testing and screening. These services are also available to the Gay & Lesbian Network’s office, situated at 187a Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg.

Other stakeholders that were in attendance included the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Siyanqoba and Families South Africa (FAMSA). Gusts were treated to performances by Sphesihle Mshiba and Xoli Ngubane. Lunch was served after the presentations and many positive comments made about the work and the reach of this project.