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LGBTI

LGBTI

  • 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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  • Gender DynamiX: Office Administrator

    Gender Dynamix
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Gender DynamiX is a NGO working to protect the rights of transgender, transsexual and gender diverse people on a national level. The organisation provides assistance and referrals about trans health, mental health and legal information. Gender DynamiX consults with trans people and their significant others, friends, families and allies (SOFFA’s) and liaises with employers. Educational workshops and seminars are one of the organisations main activities.

    Gender DynamiX seeks to appoint a transgender female Office Administrator, based  in Cape Town.

    The Office coordinator will undertake day-to-day task such as online correspondence, reception duties, upkeep of the various data bases, filing and liaising with clients who  visit  or call. A large percentage of time will be allocated in logistical arrangements of meetings and workshops including flight bookings, transport schedules and venue sourcing. We work on a system of obtaining quotes and all functions of our work needs to fit in with our financial systems.
     
    The ideal candidate should be a responsible, people person with formal training of at least five years  in administration or office skills, or have equivalent work experience. The individual should be fully computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office. The prospective applicant should be an innovative self-starter who can work independently and take full responsibility for the office functions. A valid driver’s licence is a bonus.  The successful applicant will be expected to be flexible to the needs of the organisation and be a team player.

    Responsibilities:
    • Developing and upkeep of admin and all  filing systems;
    • Data capturing for Gender DynamiX’s data bases;
    • Replying to telephone and online inquiries;
    • Maintaining all office supplies and personal amenities;
    • Conducting online research and updating SA and international information on relevant issues to trans and intersex advocacy;
    • Media monitoring (collecting clippings and online news items);
    • Assisting drop-in clients with the internet and other office activities (copy, scan, etc);
    • Coordinating logistical arrangements for travel, catering, ground transport and venues for meetings and workshops;
    • Taking minutes at meetings;
    • Preparing materials for meetings, public events and support groups;
    • Gathering documentation for projects, including publicity materials, stories, interviews and other content;
    • Contacting various providers when essential equipment and services (internet, printers, computers, etc).
    A salary in accordance with qualification and experience will be offered. 

    To apply, submit a letter of motivation with a CV and three contactable references to admin@genderdynamix.org.za

    Gender DynamiX is an equal opportunity employer committed to employ within our future Employment Equity obligation.

    For more about Gender DynamiX, refer to www.genderdynamix.org.za.

    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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