NELSON MANDELA BAY NORTHERN AREAS LGBTI PROJECT
LGBTI CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION, OUT!OLOGY NETWORK IMPLEMENTS SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY SENSITIZATIONS WITH SCHOOLS
OUT!ology Network is a non-profit organisation within the metro that focuses on educating young people on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression [SOGIE] at schools. OUT! was founded in March 2015 and has recently received its first grant for its community project ” The NMB Northern Areas LGBTI Project”. The Project consists of the schools intervention and a support group for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender individuals.
SOGIE education at both primary and secondary school remain a contentious issue within South Africa today . SOGIE and Human Rights education within school curricular are currently underway with the department of education, however the problem lies, for how long will the educational system of South Africa take to implement and integrate the curricular. Founding Director and LGBTI activist Alain Redcliffe says ” it’s time for all young people to know about who LGBTI people are, what hate crimes are , what homophobia is, and what LGBTI Human Rights are, we cannot wait on government while LGBTI people are being killed and beaten all over the country – we must act now! ”
Furthermore to OUT!’s intervention, several discriminatory factors such as homophobia, harassment and bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) young people will be addressed. The intervention aims to leave learners with a better understanding of sexual diversity and to create an informed youth around various LGBTI matters.
The interventions have already started with schools; Chapman High and St Thomas Senior Secondary school, more schools in the NMB will be intervened with in the next coming months. In addition to the interventions, OUT! will distribute a sexual orientation and gender identity educational poster, for both the learner and the teacher and to also create an information hub of SOGIE related material within the schools’ libraries .