Press release from KZNPride, Durban Summerspride week

Press release from KZNPride, Durban

The KZNPride is hosting KZN Summers Pride Week of Pride events in KwaZulu-Natal from the 13-22 December 2019 in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Estcourt, Port Edward and Richards Bay.  The Pride week will consist of LGBT+ themed events that target the LGBTI people and the general community at large.

The theme of “Pride Week” will be based on acceptance and inclusiveness of all race, gender and age groups. During Pride Week, we also encourage all organisations and establishments to display the pink colours to show their support and inclusiveness of the LGBT community.

We call on the community to get involved and to host events in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Estcourt, Port Edward and Richards Bay and list their events in support with KZNPride before the end of November 2019 at www.summerspride.co.za

The following are ideas of what events that can be organised during the week:

  • Dining & clubbing
  • Entertainment, shows and karaoke
  • Picnic and social events
  • Surfing & camping
  • Religious groups and events
  • Fundraising and awareness campaigns
  • Product or services launches
  • Movie nights
  • Book clubs

There is no cost involved with the listing of events. KZNPride will not endorse any event and it will stay the responsibility of the event manager to ensure inclusiveness of the LGBT community.

The Pride week also includes harbour boat cruises on the 14 and 21 December in Durban and the cost is R250 per person.

For more information, please contact KZNPride at admin@kznpride.org or call + WhatsApp: Cell. +27 640584058

KZNPride is registered as a Non-Profit Company (NPC) – registration number: 20184397750. It forms a supporting umbrella in KwaZulu-Natal to promote a totally inclusive Pride that stands against discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI+) people. We seek to affirm those of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression by increasing visibility of LGBTI people within our communities, by building partnerships and collaborations that celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

The founding members of KZNPride are:

  • Anthony Waldhausen, director of the Gay and Lesbian Network, Pietermaritzburg
  • Kim Lithgow, director of Same Love Toti
  • Ezra Steenkamp, businessperson from Durban

For more information on KZNPride visit our website at www.kznpride.org

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KZNPride to provide basic lay counselling training opportunities

Press release from KZNPride, Durban

The KZNPride is offering a great opportunity to develop one’s skills on basic lay counselling and to provide support to LGBTI people in their communities.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop life skills and at the same time, create safe spaces for LGBTI people in their communities. Through this course, one can establish support groups, improve the well-being of LGBTI persons, and improve one’s self-esteem.

Through the support of the National Lottery Commission, KZNPride is able to offer a short course on basic community lay counselling over the next year to 100 counsellors in different parts of KwaZulu-Natal. The following are the requirements for those interested to participate in the training:

  • People with experience in the LGBT community that includes parents
  • People with experience or resources in school for anti-bulling campaign
  • 3 days long (must commit to completing the course)
  • Only residents in the KwaZulu-Natal area
  • Accommodation, travelling and training fees all covered
  • First deadline is 15 August and second deadline for application is 30 November

Please complete the attached application form and attach your CV to admin@kznpride.org or call + WhatsApp: Cell. +27 640584058

KZNPride is registered as a Non-Profit Company (NPC) – registration number: 20184397750. It forms a supporting umbrella in KwaZulu-Natal to promote a totally inclusive Pride that stands against discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI+) people. We seek to affirm those of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression by increasing visibility of LGBTI people within our communities, by building partnerships and collaborations that celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

The founding members of KZNPride are:

  • Anthony Waldhausen, director of the Gay and Lesbian Network, Pietermaritzburg
  • Kim Lithgow, director of Same Love Toti
  • Ezra Steenkamp, businessperson from Durban

For more information on KZNPride visit our website at www.kznpride.org

Download the Application form here.

Elections 2019 | What the top political parties promise on LGBTIQ rights

With national elections taking place on 8 May this year, few of us can claim that we know the complete policies of the leading political parties, especially when it comes to what they’re promising the LGBTIQ+ community.

To help you be better informed and cast your ‘pink vote’ wisely, here’s what the election manifestos of five of the top political parties in South Africa say about LGBTIQ+ equality.

1. The African National Congress

The leader of the governing party, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has long been hailed as a valuable ally to the country’s LGBTIQ+ community. When Ramaphosa took the reigns from his predecessor Jacob Zuma last year, LGBTIQ rights groups celebrated.

In its 2019 election manifesto, the ANC reiterated that it has “a proud history of championing the cause for gender equality, the rights of people with disability and the LGBTIQ community”.

Historically, members of the party championed the sexual orientation equality clause in the Constitution and the ANC oversaw major changes to the law to ensure our rights are protected. It has, however, often been criticised for failing to implement them in government, especially in the justice system, in government departments and services and in its international policies. Compared to the opposition, few ANC officials or MPS are openly LGBTIQ.

In the manifesto, the party promises to:

– Introduce laws to combat hate crimes against people based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or albinism, and to

– Finalise the proposed legislation before parliament aimed at preventing and combating hate crimes and prosecution of persons who commit those offences. The legislation will deal with hate crimes against persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or albinism.

2. The Democratic Alliance

The official opposition’s Constitution sets out the DA’s values, and summarises these in four words: freedom, fairness, opportunity and diversity. In terms of its standpoint regarding LGBTIQ rights, party members are held to strict standards of conduct, and can be found guilty of misconduct if it becomes apparent that they have discriminated against someone, based on their sexual orientation.

In 2014, the DA elected the first openly gay black member of parliament, Zakhele Mbhele, and a good number of MPs, representatives and activists in the DA are also openly LGBTIQ.

In their Manifesto for Change, the DA has the following to say about LGBTIQ rights.

“Ultimately, it is our foundational belief that no South African – regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or any other marker – should have their life chances determined by the circumstances of their birth.”

The party outlines its plans to protect the community in its manifesto:

“Combat discrimination against the LGBTIQ+ community and promote the community’s rights by:

• Creating safe and non-discriminative environments and ensuring government makes opportunities for dialogues on identities and sexuality.
• Providing LGBTIQ+ sensitisation training in government services, schools and communities.
• Enforce a more strident stance on corrective rape and LGBTIQ+ related hate crimes by viewing these as aggravating circumstances when considering sentencing.
• Promoting the human rights of LGBTIQ+ people in Africa and around the world.
• Implementing specific education programmes to tackle bullying and harassment in schools as LGBTIQ+ youth are not adequately protected by anti-bullying initiatives.
• Ending the discriminatory treatment of LGBTIQ+ families in adoptions and protect LGBTIQ+ elders against discrimination.”

3. The Economic Freedom Fighters

In the past, the EFF has come out strongly against discriminatory legislation, both locally and elsewhere. In 2013, the party spoke out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill adopted in Uganda, and the EFF also rallies against gender-based violence as it pertains to corrective rape, saying in 2015:

“Black people in this country are oppressed on many levels: they are landless, poor, unemployed and are constantly discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and identity. At the centre of this sexual violence is the plight of lesbian women who continue to be raped to ‘correct’ their sexuality.”

The EFF’s official 2019 election manifesto makes its position on LGBTIQ rights clear.

1. The EFF government will aggressively engage in public awareness and communication strategies and training interventions all aimed at or directed towards positively changing social norms which declare LGBTQI sexual preferences as abnormal.
2. The EFF government will amend the Criminal Law Amendment Act and existing legislation to include harsher minimum sentences for ‘corrective’ rape specifically, or crimes committed with hatred as motivation in general.
3. The EFF government will also amend the Sex Description
4. Act and related legislation to ensure the Home Affairs Department expedites ID alteration applications for transgender applicants.
5. The EFF government will invest in a public health care system that ensures easy access to gender-affirming treatment.
6. The EFF government will decisively enforce the Equality Act and related legislation to end unfair discrimination by government and private organisations in relation to the employment of women and the LGBTQI community.
7. The EFF government will amend the Facilities Regulations Act and related regulations to enable the implementation of gender-neutral toilet facilities in
schools, public facilities and workplaces to benefit transgender populations and people outside of the gender binary.
8. The EFF government will amend the Child Care Act and related legislation to impose penalties for unfair discrimination against LGBTQI individuals in relation to adoption processes.

4. The Inkatha Freedom Party

The IFP, led by veteran politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi, was one of the political parties that opposed the Civil Unions Bill when it was put before parliament in 2006. Then-party spokesperson Inka Mars said of the bill, “The IFP has always advocated strong family principles and we are ultimately guided by strong moral values. We feel that there were several other options in relation to this issue that Parliament did not explore properly.”

“Therefore, we reject any notion of same-sex unions or marriages and we oppose this Bill.”

12 years after same-sex marriage became legal, another bill was brought before parliament last year, repealing Section 6 of the Civil Union Act, and preventing civil servants from refusing to officiate over same-sex marriages on the grounds of conscience, religion or belief.

Although the bill was passed, the new legislation will take two years to come into effect, and in a turn from the party’s former position about marriage equality, the IFP, together with the DA, opposed the time it would take for the bill to become law.

The IFP does not take a clear stance against LGBTIQ discrimination in its 2019 election manifesto, although it does undertake to take action against gender-based violence and discrimination.

5. The Congress of the People

Although it isn’t one of the biggest political parties in South Africa, COPE deserves a mention.
Before he became the leader of the Congress of the People, Mosiuoa Lekota served as Minister of Defence, and just before the historic 2006 vote in parliament which would make same-sex marriage legal, Lekota made a heartfelt plea to MPs to support the rights of same-sex couples, saying:

“We are bound to fulfill the promises of democracy which we made to the people of our country. Are we going to suppress this so-called minority, or are we going to let these people enjoy the privilege of choosing who will be their life partners?

Lekota made the principles of equality part and parcel of COPE when he founded the party, and last year it was COPE MP, Deidre Carter, who lodged the Civil Union Amendment Bill that ultimately led to the repeal of Section 6 of the Civil Union Act.

In its election manifesto, COPE undertakes to see to the safety of youth, women and vulnerable groups, stating,

A COPE government will ensure that:

– The LGBTIQ community is supported to realise their constitutional rights.