Sexual Diversity Debate
The UKZN AIDS Programme hosted a sexual diversity debate themed “Love Knows No Gender” on the Howard College campus.
The UKZN LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) forum within the HIV/AIDS Programme organised the event to create a platform for rigorous discussions around stigma and discrimination experienced by LGBTI students and the need to have programmes specifically aimed at addressing such challenges within the University.
HIV/AIDS Programme Manager, Ms Nomonde Magantolo, welcomed all present, stressing the importance of a non-discriminatory institution, saying the debate could serve as a stepping stone to steering transformation within UKZN.
MSM/LGBTI Programme Officer, Ms Siphesihle Ngubo, said: ‘Although it is clear that LGBTI students have the same rights as other students at Higher Education Institutions and thus there should be no discrimination against them, the topic of homosexuality has been ignored in most Higher Education Institutions so it was time for debates on the issue to be given priority.’
The SRC emphasised how the University should be an enabling environment for all students.
The dialogue was attended by over 200 students and guests.