This Report looks at the work of the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community and Health Centre (Community Centre) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.The vision of the Community Centre is toempower the lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender (LGBT) communities to enablethem to claimtheir rights to equality, dignity and freedom.The Community Centre strives for transformation of the LGBT community, and a more equitable, healthier societythrough a strategic focus on Rights andhealthy sexual relationships.Given the greater vulnerability thiscommunity has towards HIV/AIDS, themajor foci of the Community Centre’s work is HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, and the creation of enablingenvironments for HIV/AIDS interventions for the LGBT communities.This Report aims to draw out key lessonson how the Community Centre approachesgender and HIV/AIDS, and how these are incorporated into the CommunityCentre’s work.In addition, there is an analysis of currentresearch and theory about HIV/AIDS and gender mainstreaming to provide acontextual framework for understanding the work of the Community Centre. An analysis of the Community Centre in relation to these findings is provided in the final section.Overall, the different approaches that theCommunity Centre uses to support andempower individuals depend on the needs,issues and concerns of the individual.The aim of all the work the CommunityCentre undertakes is to promote humanrights and enable the LGBT community to claim their rights to equality, dignity and freedom.These principles underpin the content and delivery of services.Consequently the focus on HIV/AIDS,sexual health and human rights isintegrated into all programs and reflected in all aspects of the Community Centre’sservice delivery.
Thanks to photographer Mathew Willmanwhose wonderful images show the staff and paticipants involved in the project.Not all persons appearing in thephotographs are gay or lesbian.The authors would like to thank CommunityCentre staff and beneficiaries whoparticipated in this study, and the staff of the Joint Oxfam HIV/AIDS Program for their cooperation.Thanks are also extended to the Joint Oxfam HIV/AIDS Program (JOHAP) for their sponsorship and support of this research.The opinions of authors or participants inthis document do not necessarily reflectthose of Oxfam Australia, Oxfam Affiliates,JOHAP or its staff.
Executive summary31.Introduction42.Gender analysis purpose and methodology53.LGBT,gender mainstreaming & HIV/AIDs in South Africa64.The durban lesbian and gay community and health centre105.Gender and hiv/aids analysis of the dlgchc14
5.1LGBTgender mainstreaming145.2HIV/AIDs and gender mainstreaming revealed165.2.1LGBTgender roles and relationships165.2.2LGBTrisk and vulnerability165.2.3LGBTbehaviour and hiv/aids185.2.4Elements of desirable sexual behaviour195.2.5Intersections of gender constructions205.3Learning experiences and practice22