Right to Pride

Right to Pride

Everyone has a fundamental human right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma.

Many people still consider the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities as well as men who have sex with men (MSM) to be different and separate to mainstream society.

For this reason, many LGBTI people or MSM experience the effects of stigma and are even persecuted.

Right to Pride was set up by Right to Care – a human rights-based organization – to address these issues. We want to make sure that no one is marginalised or mistreated because of their sexuality.

Right to Pride provides services to assist these communities in:

taking care of their health

protecting themselves and their partners against HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STIs)

accessing healthcare services and treatment

Sensitising healthcare workers

We have worked with healthcare partners to help healthcare workers better understand the needs and rights of LGBTI people, MSM and also people who inject drugs (PWID).

Many healthcare and social workers are not adequately trained to deal with the health needs of the LGBTI, MSM and PWID communities.

It is important for healthcare workers and clinicians to respect and appreciate diversity and the choices their patients make. The better an issue is understood, the better the healthcare intervention will be.

Training healthcare professionals empowers them to:

ask the right questions

create a safe environment for people to come forward without fear or shame

provide the right advice and the right clinical care

Societal discrimination, typically displayed as judgement and rejection, has been directly linked to the tendency for LGBTI people to develop mental illnesses. Right to Pride thus encourages people to also discuss their mental health issues with their healthcare workers.
Despite the many challenges, South Africa has made great strides in accepting and embracing the diversity inherent in our culture.

Treating health seriously, caring, making treatment available in South Africa and abroad.

Contact Us

Email : info@righttocare.org
Phone : +27 (0) 11 276-8850