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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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The Other Foundation, through its working group on the churches and homophobia, has been facilitating meetings with leaders of different churches to talk about how the churches can act to prevent violence and discrimination against homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people – especially the recurring murders of black lesbian women.

Some churches, such as the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA), the Anglican diocese of Saldanha Bay, the Rhema Bible Church, the Uniting Reformed Church of South Africa, and the Dutch Reformed Church, have responded positively – while others are still to respond.

A delegation from the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA) met with mothers of lesbian women at the Other Foundation’s office in Johannesburg last month. Pictured below, Joyce Dlamini, Boitumelo Sepotokele, and Thabisile Msezane – all parents of lesbian women who are at risk of severe violence and all women who belong to churches themselves – asked the church leaders not to encourage their members to disown their children, putting them at risk of serious harm, and not to give moral license to those who violently attack LGBTI people.

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In the wake of the furore about homophobic preaching at the Grace Bible Church in South Africa in recent weeks, the Other Foundation released a report about engagement between the churches and LGBTI groups in southern Africa called Silent No Longer, and a reflection paper by Christian theologians to re-imagine engagement between the churches and LGBTI people in southern Africa called When Faith Does Violence. Click here to read copies of these two publications.

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Call for Grant Applications africa-icon
We have opened a new call for grant applications. Any individual or organization from thirteen southern African countries can apply for a grant to support work that advances or protects the human rights, wellbeing, and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual men and women, as well as transgender and intersex people.

Grant applications will be accepted from individuals, unregistered and registered groups, as well as anchor institutions in southern Africa. The thirteen eligible countries from which grant applications will be accepted are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

quote-left The Foundation has ZAR 7 Million for grant allocations quote-right

The first step to apply for a grant is to read the guidelines for the submission of grant applications and to submit a concept proposal. Click here to go to the guidelines and the concept proposal form.

The Foundation has ZAR 7 million for grant allocations in response to this call for grant applications. We expect that a decision about which concept proposals will be taken forward to the next stage of the grant decision-making process will be made within three weeks of the closing date.

The closing date for submission of grant concept proposals is Monday, 6 March 2017.

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Parents as Advocacy Champions
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We were partners in the Feather Awards at the end of 2016, for what many called its best awards event to date. The awards recognize and celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, iconic personalities, and achievers who inspire the LGBTI community - as voted for by the LGBTI community itself, and local media.

In addition to the fun and whimsical award categories on the night, there were the more substantive award categories of Role Model of the Year, African Feather, and Feather of the Year awards – which are supported by the Other Foundation.

Track sensation, Caster Semenya, was awarded the Role Model of the Year award after a stellar performance at the 2016 Olympic games which earned her a gold medal in the 800m race. The 25-year-old Olympian has handled the cruel intrusions into her personal life with grace and dignity. The Other Foundation will give a grant of R50,000 to an LGBTI organization chosen by Caster Semenya.

Trail blazing Mozambican LGBTI organization LAMBDA, received the African Feather award. LAMBDA was instrumental in the repeal of the country’s colonial-era anti-homosexuality laws.

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The biggest award of the night, the Feather of the Year award, was accepted by the parents of Eudy Simelane, on her behalf. In 2008, Eudy was murdered because she was lesbian. Her murder galvanized LGBTI people and supporters alike, and raised awareness about the ongoing killing of black lesbian women in South Africa. Since her passing, Eudy’s parents have become vocal activists in their own right. Pictured above are Eudy’s parents, Mally and Khotso Simelane, who received the award.

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Gerald Kraak Award Winner to Be Announced
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Fourteen written and photographic pieces on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality have been shortlisted for the Other Foundation’s inaugural Gerald Kraak Anthology and Award that is being presented in partnership with Jacana Media, through its Jacana Literary Foundation.

An illustrious panel of judges – Sisonke Msimang (Chair), Eusebius McKaizer, and Sylvia Tamale - reviewed close to 400 anonymous, individual entries to comprise the resultant anthology, which will be titled Pride and Prejudice.

Jacana Media and its partner publishing houses across Africa, will publish Pride and Prejudice in May this year. An event will be held in Johannesburg on 25 May 2016 to announce the winner, who will get a R25 000 cash prize, and to launch the publication.

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Pledges as little as R1, can help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in southern Africa attain something truly priceless – their freedom – and treat you and your friends to a chef prepared, three course meal for your support.

Making it easy (and tasty!) for LGBTI people and their supporters to advance and protect the equality and freedom of all people in southern Africa regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, our community-led campaign called A Million Ones, continues to demonstrate local support for the advancement of equality, wellbeing and social inclusion, one dinner at a time. To date R467,589.50 has been raised from 620 of our friends and supporters, over 36 dinners held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and New York.

In just three steps, you can host a dinner. All you need to do is take the first step by signing up. Remember, all the costs and logistics are paid for and arranged by us, and all the money raised goes to supporting good projects. Sign-up today.

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Meet Our Team africa-icon
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Thabiso Ratalane

Fundraising Campaigns Officer

Originally from Lesotho, Thabiso studied in Swaziland and graduated from Colorado College in the United States of America, majoring in international political economy. She worked as a stewardship intern at Colorado College’s advancement office, coordinating giving plans and reporting processes for major donors to the college. She is also trained in grant proposal writing. Thabiso speaks SeSotho, English, and French and volunteered her skills to support transgender women in Lesotho, through the Matrix Support Group.

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Teboho Klaas

Religion Programme Officer

Teboho is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, working with a congregation in Vosloorus, Johannesburg. He has a long history of involvement in ecumenical church leadership and social justice activism. After working at the Institute for Contextual Theology, he became the national health director of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and later served as the executive assistant to the general secretary of the SACC. Teboho also worked as the national coordinator of the Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation campaign in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) degree.

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