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  • Gay Rights Group Wins Landmark Case

    A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.

    The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.

    The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."

    To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.

    Source: 
    BBC News
  • Ban on Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Welcomed

    The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down a law banning the promotion of homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment.
     
    The anti-gay legislation was deemed null and void by the court on the technicality that it was not passed by a required parliamentary quorum.
     
    On the substance of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, there was no ruling from this court that struck down the law because not enough lawmakers had been present to vote on the bill, that aside, the decision was welcomed by UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sedibe, who called it a great day for social justice and where the rule of law had prevailed.
     
    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS welcomes Uganda anti-gay law ban,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • No Gay Rights' Echos State - Minister

    Zambia has reiterated its position not to recognise gay rights, saying that ‘gaysm’ runs counter to the country’s culture and is an affront to the Constitution which recognises the country as a Christian Nation.

    The country’s foreign affairs deputy minister, Gabriel Namulambe, who also urged foreign missions accredited to Zambia to respect the views of the country about gay rights, says the country will abide by Christian values.

    "I want to make it very clear here that as Government, we have the Constitution to protect and in the preamble of our Constitution, Zambia is a Christian Nation and as such we live by the Christian values and we will not be able to recognise gay rights," he explained.

    To read the article titled, “No Gay Rights' Echos State,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Police: AIDS Project Pays Men to be Gay

    According to a newspaper report, Ugandan police are accusing a United States-funded AIDS project for paying young men to become homosexuals.

    The Daily Monitor quotes police as saying that the Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, had been ‘infiltrated’ by officers and was found to be recruiting gays.

    The statement further states that, “Police deployed crime intelligence officers to verify the claims, by infiltrating the project. Two officers undertook the assignment and were registered for training by the non-governmental organisation and found out that the trainees were being shown videos of men engaging in homosexual activity.”

    To read the article titled, “Uganda police accuse HIV/AIDS project of gay ‘recruitment’,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Gays Divided Over HIV Prevention Drug

    A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

    Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50 000 a year in the United States.

    Despite mounting evidence of Truvada's effectiveness, other argue that such efforts are reckless, tempting some condom users to abandon that layer of protection and exposing them to an array of other sexually transmitted infections aside from HIV.

    To read the article titled, “Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Challenged

    Gay rights activists in Uganda filed a legal petition against the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act, which calls for tougher penalties against gay persons. 
            
    The new law strengthens existing punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ - including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.
            
    The legislation criminalises lesbianism for the first time and makes it a crime to help individuals engage in homosexual acts. 
             
    In the same vein, gay rights activist and lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, says the new law contravenes Uganda's constitution. 
     
    To read the article titled, “Activists determined to overturn Uganda anti-gay law,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • SA Seeks Clarity on LGBTI Rights

    The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says government has noted the recent global issues on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and intersexuals (LGBTI).

    On 24 February 2014, a Zambian court reportedly freed a rights activist arrested last year for publicly advocating gay rights.

    On 25 February 2014, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, signed off an anti-gay bill - which states that first-time ‘offenders’ could be jailed for up to 14 years while repeat offenders could face life imprisonment - which would see gays imprisoned.

    To read the article titled, “SA seeking clarity on LGBT rights in other countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Gay and Lesbian Network: Senior Outreach Coordinator

    Gay and Lesbian Network
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Gay and Lesbian Network is a young and dynamic NGO working towards creating positive change in the wellbeing of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex LGBTI community in Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

    The Gay and Lesbian Network seeks to appoint a Senior Outreach Coordinator, based in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Responsibilities;
    • Development, coordination and implementation of the Network’s outreach programme;
    • Raising awareness and extending the reach of the programme;
    • Research and resource material development;
    • Identify key strategic external stakeholders who could benefit from the programme;
    • Coordinate, train and mentor volunteer trainers and facilitators;
    • Manage staff, volunteers and budget.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent in community development;
    • Two years working experience at community level;
    • Excellent communication, presentation, research and report writing skills;
    • Knowledge of the NGO sector and experience working with diverse people and organisations;
    • Commitment to the LGBTI sector;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and within a small team environment;
    • Ability to network with key external partners in mainstreaming the Network’s trainings;
    • Computer literate;
    • Proficiency in English and isiZulu preferred.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter to director@gaylesbiankzn.org or fax to: 086 508 2203.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about the Gay and Lesbian Network, refer to www.gaylesbiankzn.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action: Archivist

    Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 28, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa.

    GALA seeks to appoint an Archivist, based in Johannesburg.

    The person will be responsible for planning and coordinating the work of Archives Programme for the collection and preservation of records, community histories and cultural artefacts that document LGBTI lives and experience in Africa, and for providing access to the collections.
     
    This position is based within GALA’s Archives Programme, a unique, well-utilised resource for students, researchers, development professionals, journalists, and other interested persons from around the world. Our collections – analogue and digital – encompass organisational and individual records, community histories and cultural artefacts related to LGBTI people in Africa.
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Appraising and acquiring archival records and published content, including digital and audio-visual materials, of legal, historical, and cultural significance to LGBTI people in Africa;
    • Management of contractors and interns located in the Archives Programme;
    • To sort, create an inventory, and index a large volume of LGBTI materials using archival arrangement and description methodology;
    • To respond to archival enquiries, and to assist reading room users to access GALA collections;
    • Act as a spokesperson for the Archives Programme to the media, and represent GALA in relevant archival and heritage networks and forums.
    • Provision of training for community groups on archives and records management.
    Requirements:
    • Either one year of formal experience in processing and management of archival collections; or, a qualification from an accredited university programme in Archival Studies or Library & Information Science or a related field. A comparable mix of studies and practical experience will also be considered;
    • The ability to carry out a wide range of archival activities such as acquisition, arrangement, description, and outreach projects such as the development of exhibitions;
    • Knowledge of South African archival policies and standards;
    • Good verbal and written communication skills in English;
    • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
    In addition, a demonstrable interest in history and an understanding and sensitivity to LGBTI issues in Africa would be an advantage.
     
    The remuneration for the position is proportionate to experience.
     
    To apply, submit the following to Anthony Manion at anthony.manion@wits.ac.za:
    • a CV,
    • a 1 page letter of letter of interest addressing all position qualifications, and
    • names and contact details of three references by email .
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Completed applications must be received by 28 November 2014 for full consideration. However, the candidate pool will be kept open until the position is filled.
    GALA reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

    For more about Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, refer to www.gala.co.za.

    For more about Vision AfriKa, refer to www.visionafrika.com.

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  • Remembering Gerald Kraak: On the Vision and Legacy of an Extraordinary Man

    It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Gerald Kraak – a beloved friend, comrade, mentor and supporter of the South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) movement.

    It is no exaggeration to say that the sector as we know it would not have been possible without Kraak’s vision, courage and determination. As the head of the South African office of Atlantic Philanthropies, Kraak was responsible for a major shift in the funding landscape, one that reinvigorated and forever altered our movement. Remarkably, Kraak also found the time to write a novel, ‘Ice in the Lungs’, which was the joint winner of the 2005 EU Literary Award and to direct a landmark documentary, ‘Property of the State: Gay Men in the Apartheid Military (2003)’.

    When Kraak became part of the funding sector in the mid-1990s, very few donors were willing to support the then-nascent LGBTI movement. At the time, most regarded sexuality and gender rights as secondary to the ‘big’ issues facing the new South Africa. This attitude was mirrored in the politics of the day: in a country plagued by racial inequality, economic disparity and violence, the ‘gay and lesbian question’ was viewed at best with suspicion and at worst with contempt and revulsion.

    Gerald Kraak thought differently. He believed that South Africa’s transformation would not be possible unless all people - including LGBTI persons - could access their human and socio-economic rights. His broad vision for social justice encompassed all South Africans - from migrants and refugees to farm workers to activists fighting for freedom of information.

    But Kraak did more than offer financial assistance to a fledgling movement: his foresight created space for a crucial transformation to take place. Through Kraak’s support, particularly after he joined Atlantic Philanthropies in the early 2000s, new organisations were able to emerge and existing groups were able to re-evaluate their approach. The impact the funding Gerald provided is apparent in the new generation of black community leaders, specifically those from townships and rural areas, who came to the fore during this period.

    In 2008, Kraak himself reflected on the shape of the LGBTI movement during the early years of our democracy:

    LGBTI organisations were concentrated in urban areas. They were typically strapped for cash, crisis-driven, run by small, committed activist staffs, and sometimes lacked professional capacity to carry out their programmes and relied on one or two donors for support… More problematically, the public face of the community was largely white, male and middle class.

    Kraak understood that this situation would not change without sustained and strategic investment. He recognised the need for organisations to be provided with a level of funding that allowed not only for programmatic activities but also for growth and development. The ensuing support permitted the movement to reappraise its values and goals, and to begin working in a more strategic and coordinated fashion. In his own words, Kraak described his approach as ‘less about an injection of cash into an impoverished sector than a synergy between targeted funding and imperatives within the movement itself’.

    The significance of this approach, of funding according to strategic outcomes, is evident in the 2006 adoption of the Civil Union Act. Kraak played a crucial role in channelling funds towards the same-sex marriage cause, ultimately allowing for the advocacy campaign that made this historic moment possible. Indeed, without the support of Atlantic Philanthropies, it is very unlikely that the Joint Working Group would have been able to undertake litigation or to successfully lobby the African National Congress leadership.

    It is also through Kraak’s expansive vision that transgender and intersex struggles became included in the broader LGBTI agenda in South Africa. With his support, for the first time, transgender activists could formalise themselves and create strong organisations. This validation contributed towards shifting the transgender movement from the margins.

    When Atlantic began its phased withdrawal from South Africa, Kraak acted to ensure sustainability of the movement. More than any other person, he was crucial in the establishment of the Other Foundation. In its first year, the fund has already demonstrated its commitment to advancing the rights of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. None of this would have been possible without Kraak’s tireless work. 

    While the impact of Kraak’s vision is indisputable, he would be the first to argue that we still have a long way to go. Over the last few years, Kraak continued to urge the LGTBI sector to build alliances with other movements and to engage strategically with political parties, trade unions and mainstream faiths. Such an approach, he argued, would highlight the connections between our struggles while also helping to increase visibility of our communities. For many organisations, this strategy has shaped our current and future activities.

    There are very few LGBTI organisations that have not benefited from Kraak’s dream of a better world. It is because of his courage to support an overlooked sector that our movement exists in the form that it does. Kraak’s refusal to take the easy approach, his insistence on allowing organisations to develop on their own terms, has left a lasting legacy on our movement and on South Africa. We still have a long road ahead in the struggle for sexuality and gender rights, but we are closer than ever to realising the freedoms of our Constitution.

    We thank you, Kraak, for all that you have done to make this world a better place.

    A luta continua!

    A memorial service will be held on 1 November 2014 in Johannesburg and on 6 and 7 November 2014 in Cape Town. Full details will be sent out in due course.

    In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wits Hospice can be made to:
    • Account Number: 201658186
    • Branch Code: 004105
    For more information contact:

    Coalition of African Lesbians
    Tel: 011 403 0004

    Durban Lesbian & Gay Community and Health Centre
    Tel: 031 312 7402

    Forum for the Empowerment of Women
    Tel: 011 403 1906

    Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action
    Tel: 011 717 4239

    Gender DynamiX
    Tel: 021 633 5287

    Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    Tel: 021 461 4027

    OUT Wellbeing
    Tel: 012 430 3272

    Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network
    Tel: 033 342 6165

    Triangle Project
    Tel: 021 686 1475

    Picture courtesy of Atlantic Philanthropies
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