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We promote sexual health whether you are gay, straight, bisexual or prefer not to be labeled at all. This is a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory space that respects diversity in all its forms. This site provides you with information on safer sex practices, covers some frequently asked questions on sexual orientation and gender, STIs and HIV. You can link up with your local campus co-ordinator and join the diversity conversation.

CAMPUSSEX.CO.ZA is part of the sex-positive movement and embraces the following key aspects:

It allows for and celebrates sexual diversity, different desires and relationships structures, and individual choices based on consent.

It embraces the idea of being sexually educated and staying safe. What is key is understanding risk in terms of exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and knowing how to manage your own and partner/s’ body fluids.

The MSM/ LGBTI HEI Programme is funded by the Global Fund and managed by NACOSA, at higher education institutions in South Africa.

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Mossel Bay to host first gay pride

The Garden Route harbour town of Mossel Bay will be hosting its very first gay Pride parade and festival from 27 November. Dubbed Mossel Bay Penguin Pride, the four day event will feature a march through the town. The festival will also include various pageants, a blood drive, a cocktail and pool party, a drag show and a picnic. Organiser Rinus Marais said that the parade on Saturday 29 November will see “all races, sexes and creeds come together and join in the celebration of freedom of rights.” He added: “Mossel Bay will be over the top, decorated throughout the main road with flags and lamp poles covered with the rainbow.” The parade will start behind the City Hall at 1pm, move down Marsh Street and around the Point, culminating in front of Delfino’s at around 3pm. “People in Mossel Bay have been talking about having a Pride for years till I decided enough is enough and took the courage to say ‘let’s do it’,” said Marais. “I went to the mayor and asked her what she thought and she said ‘live and let live’. That was my cue,” he explained. Funds generated by the festival will go towards sustaining the Seabird and Penguin Rehab Centre (SAPREC) and helping it move to a new location. “Moving SAPREC to a bigger and better facility will not only help the organisation but will create a new tourist attraction for Mossel Bay,” said Marais. For more information on Mossel Bay Penguin Pride, including the full programme of events, visit the website or the Facebook page....

TRANSGENDER WOMAN FINALLY RECEIVES JUSTICE

LGBTI and transgender rights groups are elated that Nadia Swanepoel’s name and gender identity have been changed in the population register. The hunger-striking transgender woman finally received a correct temporary ID on 13 October at Home Affairs and has applied for a new ID and passport. The Department of Home Affairs has also amended her marital status from civil union to a heterosexual identified marriage according to the Marriage Act. Nadia from Florida, Johannesburg, embarked on a food and liquid hunger strike last week to protest the department’s apparent refusal to change her name and gender for more than three years. Nadia’s act of desperation came as a result of systematic discrimination and prejudice she experienced at Home Affairs, said the groups. Her situation is one that is not unique but is part of an ongoing battle to get the department to create systems which will standardise the requirements and time frames of Act 49 applications such as Nadia’s. Although the structural problems which gave rise to Nadia’s desperation have not been resolved, the groups expressed hope that her case has made the department realise that it cannot continue in the same manner any longer. Concerted efforts need to be implemented from the department’s side to ensure that applications made under the Alteration of Sex Description Act and Sex Status Act 49 of 2003 are processed timeously. The current arbitrary interpretation, requiring genital surgery as a minimum, needs to be rectified with immediate effect. The groups called on the Department of Home Affairs to recognise that as a state organ it is entrusted with upholding the values and rights...

INNOVATIVE MEDICAL PRACTICE FOR GAY MEN LAUNCHED IN PRETORIA

Addressing the unique needs of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), a new professional, confidential and upmarket medical practice has been launched in Pretoria. TEN81 Medical Practice provides a range of specialised medical services to gay men, with a focus on sexual health and well-being. It offers clients a friendly and accepting environment where they can access the expert services of a nurse, doctor and two counsellors. “While we’ve come a long way in the last 20 years, gay and bisexual men often still face an element of embarrassment and even stigma when discussing and addressing intimate issues with their GP,” explains TEN81 Counsellor Johan Meyer. “Also, most GPs are not experts in the field of gay sexual health and many may not be aware of the latest research and developments in this area,” he says. Meyer adds that some MSM may be in a relationship with or be married to a woman. They might be confused about their identities and practises and may fear approaching their family doctor for advice or support. “At TEN81, our clients are assured of high quality services, all with a welcoming, private and non-judgmental approach to their relationships and sex lives,” he says. In addition to Meyer, the staff complement at TEN81 includes Gerard Damstra, a registered nurse who specialises in the field of HIV and STIs; Dr Amanda Botha, who is an expert in working with gay men and their sexual health; and Counsellor Jay Matlou. Services on offer include: General medical consultations HIV counselling and testing STI screenings and treatment Provision of PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)...