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Everyone should be free to live a safe and dignified life, have a family and make their contribution to society. The Other Foundation works to change the views, practices and institutions that prevent people - because of who they are or who they love - from being able to do that in southern Africa. We gather support for those who are working to advance equality and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people - and we give support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change.
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Canaries in the Coal Mines africa-icon
Image by Nosana Sondiyazi
Like coal miners used caged canary birds, whose death was a warning sign of toxic gases in the mine tunnels, homosexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa are at the coalface of discrimination and hatred in our societies today. How our societies treat lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is a sign of the danger facing all people in our societies who are different in some way or another, at the hands of those who have a grip on power.

To assess the depth and quality of social inclusion of LGBTI people across southern Africa and better understand how LGBTI groups are organizing, the Other Foundation commissioned scoping studies across 10 countries in southern Africa.

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chicken and egg relationship between legal and policy reform on one hand, and social inclusion on the other.
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A central concern of the Other Foundation is to strengthen the strategic leadership of LGBTI groups and allies. In order to develop useful tools and resources that can be used by activists towards this, the studies were done through a consultative process with an emphasis on “learning through doing”. Key LGBTI groups and their allies in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated in the development of the studies.

Mark Gevisser, the lead content advisor for the studies, distilled the results into a summary analysis that maps the key commonalities, differences, and trends across the region.

While the dynamics are complex, the report finds a chicken and egg relationship between legal and policy reform on one hand, and social inclusion on the other. This plays out in “progress” and “backlash” cycles in the different countries in the region.

Relevant and useful tools and resources that inform LGBTI groups around the region will be developed from this analysis, which also serves as useful baseline assessment for the Other Foundation’s programme strategy.

Canaries in the Coal Mines: An analysis of spaces for LGBTI activism in southern Africa, is available by clicking here. The detailed country studies will be released separately over the coming months. Keep an eye on the Other Foundation’s website for that.

Mark Gevisser is an award winning South African author and journalist based in Cape Town. His books include the award-winning Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir and Thabo Mbeki: A Dream Deferred. He is currently completing his new book, The Pink Line, about the new global conversation around LGBTI rights, for which he received an Open Society Fellowship. He is widely published in media in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and elsewhere.

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Black Queer Social Joburg
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Focused on creating safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people of colour, Queers on Smash created the Black Queer Social event to create a sense of awareness and community of LGBTI people within society broadly, as well as for LGBTI people of colour to share their experiences of being black and queer. The social event includes lively discussion on an array of LGBTI topics, photo-shoots, art exhibitions by LGBTI artists, live music performances, poetry and book discussions.

A number of new and established artists, writers and performers including FAKA, Siza, Delta The Leo, Reneilwe Mathibe and Lady Skollie came to talk about their artistic journeys. Rich, organic and honest conversations followed, fuelled by questions from an engaged audience around their artistic thought processes, and experiences in honing their respective crafts while navigating their sexualities and identities.

The Other Foundation is proud to have supported Queers on Smash with a R7,500 grant towards the inaugural Black Queer Social event in Johannesburg.

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Ezaka Boeny
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Ezaka Boeny, based in Mahajanga in Madagascar, is an LGBTI community association working to roll back HIV/AIDS through prevention, treatment and the psycho-social care of people already living with HIV.

Envisioning a society wherein all gay and transgender people regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic status enjoy the full realisation of their human rights including access to treatment, Ezaka Boeny caters to gay and transgender people in the Boeny region. Because of discrimination and stigma, 75% of gay and transgender people in the region are denied access to existing services, resulting in a disproportionally high prevalence rate of HIV – and almost all have been forced out of their families to fend for themselves. Watch these videos to learn more about the work of the Ezaka Boeny association.

The Other Foundation has supported the group with a R150,000 grant to help sensitize healthcare providers.

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There is a general belief that African people are deeply homophobic and unaccepting of gender diversities. But what does the African public really think? The truth is that we haven't really known because hardly any work has been done to gather and analyze the views of the public in a structured way in Africa. Until now.

The Other Foundation invites African researchers to explore in depth, the data from a ground breaking survey of what South Africans think about homosexuality and gender non-conformity - and how they behave. The survey results, which is cross-tabulated across several indicators such as age, geographical location, sex, religious conviction, etc, have been especially embargoed for African researchers to access it exclusively for a period of 12 months.

The Other Foundation is offering limited research funds to support selected areas of interest that strengthen and support activism, the Other Foundation invites institutions and individuals interested in accessing the data to apply for access to it.

A preliminary report on the results of survey called Progressive Prudes was released by the Other Foundation and South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in September 2016. It contains some surprising new findings as well as confirmation of some common-sense beliefs that have not been tested scientifically up to now. Click here to read more about South Africa's progressive prudes. 

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A Million Ones is our community-led campaign, that makes giving to projects that advance equality and freedom in southern Africa, simply delicious. 32 A Million Ones dinners have contributed R 445,170.50 into our grants kitty, from pledges as little as R1.

312 of our friends and supporters have signed up to host or attend A Million Ones, and made financial pledges to support equality and freedom for all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. This demonstrates that there is continued, local support for the advancement of human rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

In three easy steps, you too can host your own A Million Ones dinner. Simply sign-up, relax and enjoy a delicious, chef prepared three course meal with your friends, in your home. All costs related to the dinner are fully paid for by us, with pledges welcomed at the end of the meal. Thanks to matching grants, every R1 pledged becomes R4, and because all overhead costs incurred in running our A Million Ones campaign are already paid for, pledges received make a 100% impact in the everyday lives of LGBTI people in southern Africa. Sign-up today.

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Support for Conversations Ends africa-icon
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Over the past year, the Conversations events that we have supported have offered LGBTI professional networking spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town, at which the work of LGBTI activist groups have been profiled. Keeping our word that funds would be donated to LGBTI projects as a result of the events, the Other Foundation has given R27,500 to the Triangle Project in Cape Town and Panda Crew in Pretoria.

Unfortunately, though, the events have proved to not be self-sustainable. The real expenses of running Conversations events have far exceeded income received from the events. The Conversations events have therefore been heavily subsidized by the Other Foundation for the past year and the Foundation is no longer able to give such support to the events going forward. Rather, it prefers to give the funds that would be used to subsidise the organizing of the events directly to LGBTI projects that need the financial support.

The Other Foundation has therefore decided to end its support for Conversations events.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon

The Other Foundation has been very fortunate to have an excellent team of researchers to produce scoping studies of the terrain in which LGBTI groups operate in 10 southern African countries. Here they are...

Finn Reagan - Finn is an experienced researcher and writer whose technical expertise in doing LGBTI-focused and educational research is highly sought after. He recently moved from the LGBTI anchor organization Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), based in Johannesburg, to the South African governments Department of Basic Education.

George Murumba - An experienced development consultant with over 15 years experience in leading teams, results based management, and programme design and management. George, Kenyan by origin, coordinated the research team.

Glenda Muzenda - Glenda’s rich experience as a gender, development, and HIV/AIDS research consultant is particular to sexual minorities and vulnerable populations. She has been a strong supporter of the Other Foundation since its inception.

Lilly Phiri - Lilly is from Zambia and is a PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A trained Christian minister, she has undertaken academic research on LGBTI issues in Zambia and South Africa. Lilly was recently recognized as one of the top 5 women PhD candidates at the university.

Monica Tabengwa - Monica is a highly respected lawyer and activist on issues relating to the human rights of LGBTI people in Africa. A citizen of Botswana, she was instrumental in LEGABIBO winning its case for registration in Botswana.

Phillip Browne - Philip has worked extensively across southern and eastern Africa with key populations affected by HIV/AIDS. He is South African and has more than 15 years of research and monitoring and evaluation experience in the public health, HIV/AIDS, and development fields.

Tabona Shoko - Tabona is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, with extensive international scholarly experience at universities across southern Africa and overseas.

Tahila Pimentel - Tahila is a gender researcher who, until recently, was part of the team at the prominent African transgender organization, Gender Dynamix. She recently joined the team at Iranti-org. Tahila comes from Mozambique.

Wendy Kessman - Wendy believes that nothing speaks truth to power as effectively as the concrete proof of injustices. She has committed her life’s work to social justice causes as an activist and vocal advocate within the NGO sector. Wendy is based at Rock of Hope in Swaziland.

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Shaun SAMUELS [South Africa] | Patricia WATSON [South Africa] | Neville GABRIEL (CEO)

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