Project Description

Luleki Sizwe, which translates to “Discipline the Nation” in isiXhosa, is a lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) women’s project. The community-based non-profit organization provides support and safe houses across ten township communities, to victims of homophobic attacks and rape. Founded in 2008 by the passionate, persistent, and determined gay, female activist Ndumie Funda, the organization addresses the needs of black LBT women in urban and rural townships. She established the organization when confronted with the statistics of violent attacks and rapes that lesbians within her community had experienced, consequently becoming victims of HIV / AIDS. Luleki Sizwe seeks to educate and change the existing negative perceptions around lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in their society. Homosexuality, especially lesbianism, is regarded as a “bad omen” or “anti-African” within many cultures. Therefore, it is difficult and dangerous for individuals to express their sexual orientation openly. Through trusted counsel, Luleki Sizwe strives to eradicate hate and ignorance simultaneously. The project provides a home for LBT women forced out of theirs due to their sexual orientation and HIV status.

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