What is Love not Hate?

Launched in 2013, the Love not Hate campaign is a multi-partner initiative addressing violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

Gender- and sexuality-motivated hate crimes are increasingly common in South Africa, but such incidents remain underreported and, in most cases, insufficiently investigated. In part, this is due to the current ad-hoc response to hate crimes and a lack of dedicated resources. The situation is further complicated by limited awareness of the issue, both within the criminal justice system and the wider community, which makes it difficult for LGBTI hate crime survivors to access medical and psycho-social support.

Love not Hate aims to counter this situation by providing a coordinated response to hate crimes. The programme works to educate service providers and the public, while also helping survivors to overcome some of the structural barriers preventing them from accessing help. This includes assisting LGBTI persons to report incidents of violence and to navigate the justice system, as well as tracking hate crimes using a standardised documentation system.

As part of its outreach work, Love not Hate regularly produces posters with critical information for LGBTI communities on their options and rights. These posters also help to raise awareness among the public about hate crimes and associated issues.

For more information about the campaign, please register for our email and SMS updates. Previous advocacy materials, such as posters and press releases, can also be downloaded from this website.

The project partners

Love not Hate is a collaboration between six civil society organisations: OUT LGBTI Wellbeing; Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action; Durban Lesbian and Gay Centre; the Forum for the Empowerment of Women; the Gay and Lesbian Network; and Triangle Project.

All of the campaign partners undertake work in violence prevention, and also represent the LGBTI sector within national hate crimes structures.

Full contact details for the partners can be found in the Asiphephe directory.

The Love not Hate programme is funded by DiDiRi, the Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSFSA).

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