Political organization and LGBTI representatives with members of the community during the Vusanani Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex movement launch in Elandsdoorn outside Groblersdal recently.
ELANDSDOORN – The Vusanani Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) has been launched in the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality.
The move is to uphold the equality clause in the country’s Constitution as it is one of the progressive constitutional provision in the world.
Social workers, political organizations and LGBTI representatives as well as community members converged at the Ndlovu Miracle Theatre in Elandsdoorn outside Groblersdal to witness the launch recently.
Mpumi Kgobe, Vusanani LGBTI founder, said the project was established with the aim to build a strong relationship with communities and further to fight the stigma and discrimination within the society so that gays and lesbians’ constitutional rights remained protected.
Kgobe said the project was also aimed at encouraging people to live their lives truthfully and be honest with themselves, and for them to live life to the fullest unapologetically.
“The project has had a huge positive impact on the LGBTI landscape since its establishment, which was achieved through pure visibility that led people in need to understand more. Our vision is to perform at the best of our ability and organize safe space for LGBTI workshops to increase knowledge on sexual gender and human rights. We are intended at educating the community in the form of dialogues to reduce the stigma and develop skills for LGBTI for future references,” explained Kgobe.
In her keynote address, Ouma Kgobe, a nurse at Jane Furse Hospital, encouraged people to come out and be true to themselves.
Kgobe said some LGBTI people were afraid to come forward because they were being victimized in their communities.
She said people ended up subjected to violence after discrimination by community members and promised it would be easier over time to change the attitude and beliefs of the people about sexuality.