GLN network hold ‘night vigil’

2016-02-10 06:00
PHOTO: supplied At the night vigil (from left) Rory Koppler, (UKZN), Mandy Killian (GLN), Pierre Buckley (GLN), Nkululeko Conco (St Alphege’s Church), Canon Janet Trisk (St Alphege’s Church), Madalisto Mtime (Pacsa), Warren Oxford-Huggett (Msunduzi Hospice Association CEO) and Abongile Matyila (Mr Pink Mynah 2015).

PHOTO: supplied At the night vigil (from left) Rory Koppler, (UKZN), Mandy Killian (GLN), Pierre Buckley (GLN), Nkululeko Conco (St Alphege’s Church), Canon Janet Trisk (St Alphege’s Church), Madalisto Mtime (Pacsa), Warren Oxford-Huggett (Msunduzi Hospice Association CEO) and Abongile Matyila (Mr Pink Mynah 2015).

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THE Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN ) recently held a night vigil at St Alphege’s Church is Scottsville to raise awareness about the plight of hate crimes affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.

Survivors, advocates and allies joined spoke out against these and other hate crimes which plague society. Candles were lit, prayers were said and hymns were sung in a plea to stop the violence.

Hate crimes affect people from all walks of life and take many forms, including physical attacks, threats and verbal abuse. People may be a victim of a hate crime due to their sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, religion or disability.

GLN has a free counselling service either face to face, online or over the phone. Services include HIV testing. For free counselling, contact the GLN helpline at 086 033 3331 or SMS “help” to 079 891 3036 and GLN will call you back.

The helpline operates from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

GLN urges people who know of, or have been a victim of a hate crime, to contact it for help. For more information, contact GLN at 033 342 6165 or visit www.gaylesbian.org.za
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