Respect, Social Responsibility, Human Kindness, Support, Volunteerism and Progress
The organization’s primary objectives are to educate and advocate for sexual and gender minorities (SGM) in [but not limited to] the northern areas of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Bay. The organization’s secondary objectives will be to work in collaboration with other organizations that mainly deal with SGM education, advocacy, and health transformation. The organization aims to help SGM survivors of hate crimes, and other forms of discrimination, in accessing governmental services.
OUT!ology shall increase the awareness of, and information around sexual and gender minorities through advocacy, education, sharing knowledge, and creating and promoting sustainable, community-led initiatives.
Who Are We
OUT!ology Network [OUTNet] or [OUT!] is a registered non-profit organization ,based in the Nelson Mandela Bay also known as the friendly city Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. The community based organization, focuses primarily on educative initiatives for the youth, sensitizing them on sexual orientation and gender identity. OUT!ology was founded in March 2015, and ever since has been involved in uplifting community campaigns. These campaigns have been in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Bay’s Masincedane Group. Masincedane is a collective of local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) organisations that collaborate on various events and campaigns in the Metro.
OUT!ology is committed to lessening the information gaps that exist today in society around sexual orientation and gender identity.
Meet the team
Our Executive Commitee
Kuhle Kay Baart
Kay is a member of the Executive Committee for NMB Pride 2018, she is a talented singer and strong believer in equal rights for Black Womxn. She is passionate for Queer activism and adovocacy through art and education.
Executive Director of NMB Pride 2018. Kelley is described as loving , creative and open spirited person. She is passionate about LGBT advocacy and awarness and making a difference in the communities. She is currently employed by the Arts and Culture department of the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth and has skills in events managment, marketing and advertising.
The thought of “how people and spaces affect us” has lead me to the study of architecture and psychology. My interests in phenomenology and cognition have been fueled by my own expereinces, I aim to use this ‘drive’ in the circles in which I find myself. Being part of the queer community, I plan to use what resources I have to aid the movement towards a better understanding and fairer equality for those who deserve no less than anyone else.
Social Work student, passionate about counselling. Believes in making a change. Nature fanatic and animal lover.
Mackenzi Willow Graham
I’m a passionate person filled with energy. I’m friendly and approachable, overall a peoples person. I’m dedicated, persistent and ready for anything that comes my way. My core traits would being always positive and open-mindedness. I’m goal driven and have an ethic to do my best in everything I do.
I am a human rights activist, driven to see the progress of the LGBTIQ+ rights in the African Continent. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communication and Culture, majoring in Communication and a minor in cultural studies. I have served on the boards of Eloquor Knights and Manyano Safe-Space. I was also involved in MC-ing several LGBTIQ+ events in the Bay.
I am Aviwe, a young gay citizen of the Port Elizabeth area. I believe in equality for all. I just finished matric and am not studying. I am also an aspiring model.
Our Board of Directors
Author & ARTivist , based in Botswana. Founder of Queer Shots Showcase Festival. Director of Kat Kai Kol-Kes International.2016 Queen’s Young Leader Highly Commended Runner Up.
A human rights activist, blogger and writer based in Port Elizabeth. Her focus is on LGBTI issues and matters relating to freedom of religion
New ideas are needed, in a world defined by persistent problems. Gabriel specialises in developing creative interventions (using art, drama and creative writing) to conduct participatory research, build leadership, empower communities and develope strategic responses to inequality. Gabriel has experience in managing and implimenting both national and regional projects in Southern Africa
Alain is the founder of the OUT!ology Network, since it’s start in 2015. He is part of the French Ministry of National Education’s Foreign Language Assistant Programme in France. Alain has persued studies in Sociology and French at the Nelson Mandela University and has contributed to many research around the queer community. He has strong interests in Africa, the LGBT+ community and education.
Former Chairperson of the Board. Human Rights and social justice activist, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Expertise – HIV/AIDS and organizational development.
LGBTI and Human Rights activist he also advocate for de-colonised education he has been working in the LGBTI and Human Rights field for the past 10 years and has done Lots of work with the youth of KZN and EC also with the Traditional leaders in the EC. Sibonelo is the Project Coordinator of the Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre. He is also a member of the National Task Team and Working Group on Hate Crimes on the LGBTI persons