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  Introduction To The Durban LGBT Community Centre  



 

[Posted on 06 January 2012]

The Durban Lesbian & Gay Community & Health Centre (a project of the KZN Coalition for Gay & Lesbian Equality) is a Drop-In Centre, safe and secure space for lesbian, transgender, gay, bisexual, and intersex communities in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

We have moved to No.42 McKenzie Road, Morningside, Durban, 4001
T: 031 312 7402
F: 031 312 8838
E: admin@gaycentre.org.za
Whatsapp: 083 748 9565
Facebook: Durban Lesbian and Gay Centre // Durban Pride

We provide Personal, HIV and AIDS Counselling and do referrals for Legal Counselling and Advise. We cover matters ranging from understanding own sexual orientation, health status, coming out (LGBT and HIV+), mitigating/fighting stigma and discrimination, homelessness, drug and alcohol use/abuse, living positively, drafting wills, same-sex marriages and divorce.

We are a HCT Clinic providing among other things HIV Counselling and Testing, STI and TB screening and treatment referrals.

Human Rights Advocacy and Campaigning are at the heart of our work. Our current work include human right education on Rights and Responsibility, Gender and Sexuality, Fighting Discrimination of LGBT Youth In Schools, and 'Hate Crimes' primarily against LGBT people. At a Policy development level, our current work is on the Sexual Offenses Bill, Domestic Partnerships and further developments of the Civil Unions Act.

We house an extensive Library, Research and Resource Centre on LGBT, women, youth, children, sex and sexuality, sexual health, human rights, reproductive rights, social, political, health, disability, and many other aspects of communities. It also houses a collection of LGBT, HIV, AIDS and related media clippings in its archives. These will, over time, be made available on this website.

Inlcuded in our Social & Political Programme are Development Seminars, Movie Screenings, Interest and Support Group.

We work with KZN Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association, hosts Durban Pride, Mr and Miss Durban Pride, Miss Gay Durban, the KZN LGBT Fashion and Hair Show, KZN LGBT Talent Show and KZN LGBTI Activism Awards.

The 2013 DURBAN LGBT COMMUNITY CENTRE TEAM

Board: Prof. Reddy, Prof. Bennett, Dr Tallis, Adv Ntsele, Dr Msibi and Mr Zondi
Director & Advocacy Officer: Ms Nonhlanhla Mkhize

DURBAN (eThekwini):
AO, Bookkeeping & Resource Centre: Mr Sbongiseni Mkhwanazi
OM, Research & Mainstream Training: S. Nombande
Sexual Health: C. Mehilal & M. Meyer (Volunteers)
Psychosocial & HCT: M. Meyer, P. Hurdeen & S. Ngongoshe (Volunteers)
Legal Counselling and Advice: Pro-Bono Org & Individuals
Clinic & Capacity Building Within Health: Sr Linda, S. Khumalo & B. Buthelezi.
Commodity: N. Malamlela (Volunteer)

RICHARD'S BAY (Mhlathuze: Management:Q.Nxumalo, M.Malwane and K.Ngema // Staff: M. Ngcobo, N. Mthembu, N. Mhlongo, S. Mathenjwa & S. Biyela

LADYSMITH (Mnambithi): N. Thungo & W. Nxasana

SOUTH COAST: Dr. L 'Makhosi' Bhengu (Traditional Healer)

EASTERN CAPE (Umtata): S. Ncanana

INTEREST AND SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS
Girl Talk (Girls 12-20): A. Zulu (Volunteer)
G-Force (Women 21-35): S. Khumalo (Volunteer)
Ithemba Lethu (HIV+ on ARVs): S. Ngongoshe (Volunteer)
HIV+ LGBTIs: M. Meyer (Volunteer)
Friends For Life (16-25): S. Mkhwanazi
Friends For Life (25-40): P. Hurdeen (Volunteer)
WSW Seminars: C. Mehilal (Volunteer)
MSM Seminars: S. Khumalo & Sr Luthuli (Umlazi Clinic)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Durban Pride Team: S.Kruger (Law School, UKZN), S.Nombande (2Galz&AGuy), P.Kubeka (Link Events), J.Fidler (3rd Millenium), F.Melman (Business), T.Holtzhausen (The Lounge), B.Petrick (Deo Gloria Family Church) & E. Otto (Government)

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS
JWG, ILGA, CAL, AISA, KZN-HTPB-TT, KZN-VEF, SANAC, VEF, etc.


Tel:  031 312 7402 / 42
Fax: 031 312 8838
Email: info@gaycentre.org.za

Centre Manager: Nonhlanhla Mkhize (mc@gaycentre.org.za)


Projects and Services offered by the Community Centre

Personal Counselling & Support Groups
We will be training a number of volunteers to provide individual and group counselling on all personal issues related to being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.

HIV/AIDS Education & Support
This extensive project deals with a range of issues and services for the LGBT community including Awareness workshops; HIV+ counselling groups; HIV+ lifestyle workshops; HIV drug treatment; HIV Buddies

Legal Advice Centre
The Advice Centre assists LGBTs in taking up a range of issues from employment discrimination to immigration to human rights issues. Cases will be dealt with at the centre or be referred out.

Reading and Resource Centre
A range of books, magazines, and videos are available for use at the Centre. We also plan to provide facilities for researchers.

Religious Project
This project is currently limited to establishing a database of religious services available to the LGBT community.

Tourist Advice Project
This will start up as a database for tourists of all LGBT friendly venues, spaces and activities in Durban. The project could grow into a tourist office for gay and lesbian visitors.

Other Projects & Activities
Health, Sport, Social Events

 

 
The many pamphlets, magazines and newspapers available for reading in the resource centre
The many pamphlets, magazines and newspapers available for reading in the resource centre
Visitors relax in the centre's friendly lounge
Visitors relax in the centre's friendly lounge
The library provides appropriate and meaningful reading for visitors to the centre
The library provides appropriate and meaningful reading for visitors to the centre
Nonhlanhla Mkhize, the Centre Manager goes through the news clipping archive
Nonhlanhla Mkhize, the Centre Manager goes through the news clipping archive

 

 
 
PATRONS: Mr Z. Achmat (Treatment Action Campaign), Sir Elton John and David Furnish (Elton John AIDS Foundation)