LGBTI themed film to screen nationwide in ZimbabweWrite comment (0 Comments)
My Name is Rose, will screen in the upcoming 17th Annual Zimbabwe International Film Festival to be held on the 02nd -10th of October 2015.
MY NAME IS ROSE, a story of forced marriage, an African tradition and newly discovered love between two young African women coming to terms with a patriarchal society. Starring Enoch Mnguni, Slindile Dlamini and Zenele Mazibuko, My Name Is Rose looks at the emerging sexuality of a young Zulu princess in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal who flees to Durban to avoid being 'sold' to an older chief for 40 cattle, and in doing so initiates great changes in her world
This brand new South African film was produced by Mlungisi Msomi and Sekara Mafisa as a project of nine LGBTI themed films to tell stories of young gay men and women battling with the terms of their sexuality. This project will cover the Lesbian, Gay, bi-sexual, Transgender and intersexual themed films.
This Lesbian Themed Film was released in May 25, 2015 and has screened already at the festivals held in Durban and Pretoria. Attending the Zimbabwe Festival as the first LGBTI Themed film to be shown to the public in Zimbabwe, will mark and pave the way to the entire continent.Read more...
Save Triangle ProjectWrite comment (0 Comments)
Triangle Project is Cape Town’s oldest LGBTI organization. They provide health and support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, their partners and families. While we may have a wonderful constitution the reality is that there are still extremely high levels of homophobia in South Africa. LGBTI people face continuous discrimination, a range of specific mental health and health concerns, and increasing levels of violence. Triangle is an important source of support, community, advocacy and services, especially for those members of the LGBTI community who do not have the support of families or other social networks. Triangle’s small and committed team of 7 people provides services to the entire Western Cape, reaching even the most remote areas where there are no other LGBTI services. Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of LGBTI people have benefitted from Triangle’s services. You may not have used their services directly, but you have probably benefitted from the advocacy and research or their continuous lobbying for LGBTI rights in South Africa. Unfortunately the years of working under tough financial constraints have had their cost.Read more...
WETHEBRAVE campaign targets men who have sex with menWrite comment (0 Comments)
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission. For this reason ‘WeTheBrave’, a sexual health campaign, has been launched with MSM in mind. This will be the first large scale campaign ever in this country to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men.
The launch event took place in Newtown, Johannesburg on Thursday 25 June with a who’s who of LGBT and HIV activists in attendance. They were entertained by a performance by Odidi Mfenyana and heard messages from Sir Elton John, Professor James McIntyre, and others.
Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the WeTheBrave.co.za campaign will address both prevention and treatment issues in an affirming, non-judgemental and sex positive way, which will be entertaining and engaging.Read more...
HATE CRIMES THREATEN EVERYONEWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Hate Crimes Working Group and Peace Action, are concerned about the growing climate of violence in South Africa. The frequent and vicious outbreaks of xenophobic violence, violence against women and violence against the LGBTQI community, to name a few, are threatening the security of all who live in South Africa.
The increasing levels of intolerance and anger, expressed violently, have a devastating impact on those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in society - such as women, children, LGBTQI, foreigners and the destitute. The repeated xenophobic attacks during the past decade against refugees and other non-South Africans are adding to a culture of intolerance and resulting in violence, pain and suffering for victims of this violence. The government has failed to adequately respond to these incidents and do the work necessary to prevent continued incidences of xenophobic violence,
and to create a safe environment for non-South Africans living in South Africa.
Anova Health Institute heralds new era in HIV preventionWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Anova Health Institute, the lead organisation addressing HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa, welcomes the announcement of exciting developments regarding HIV prevention at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The conference is currently taking place in Seattle, Washington.
Researchers have confirmed the results of an earlier randomised trial and presented unequivocal evidence that the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can be used as a reliable biomedical HIV prevention strategy by MSM when taken in advance of potential exposure to the virus. Referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), such use of specific ARVs allows men to use chronic medication to prevent becoming HIV positive.
The findings relate specifically to MSM following the early completion of two studies, in France and England respectively, that provide dramatic proof of the efficacy of PrEP among the key population. In both of these studies, men were protected against HIV infection while taking the drugs, with a reduction in risk of over 80%. Significantly, the studies also demonstrated that men, who requested access to PrEP, were able to manage the treatment successfully, including necessary adherence.Read more...
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