LGBTI Event at Medical School
UKZN’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Forum, under the HIV and AIDS Programme, partnered with the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital and the Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre to host an event at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in celebration of Freedom Day.
About 350 people attended the gathering which was themed: “Diversity is the Essence of Life”.
There were stimulating discussions around the protection of human rights and sexual diversity during which people were encouraged to be sensitive towards one another and to feel comfortable discussing issues around sexual diversity.
Programme Directors, Transformation and Academic Officer, Mr Sazi Nzama, and the Medical School LGBTI Chairperson, Mr Sibusisiwe Mbuqe, steered events in a direction that inspired the audience to openly discuss their concerns.
Ms Siphesihle Ngubo, the former UKZN LGBTI MSM/WSW (Men who have sex with men/Women who have sex with women) Co-ordinator, spoke on sensitisation training, stressing the importance of understanding the distinction between sex, gender, sexual orientation and the sex act.
She further encouraged LGBTI students to highlight society’s injustices caused mainly by homophobia.
Sister N. Luthuli of the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital said all Health Workers should be sensitised so that they dealt with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals without discrimination.
Students did skits and dances which helped shape the dialogue.