Who is Same Love?
Same Love Toti is a registered non-profit organisation that advocates for the human rights of sexual and gender minorities. We are based in Amanzimtoti, serving the Durban and South Coast areas.
Our mission is to see all sexual and gender minorities thriving as they live authentically and safely, in a welcoming and fully inclusive society. Our aim is to empower and affirm lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex, queer and gender non-conforming individuals, and to advocate for their human rights.
We ascribe to globally accepted approaches to gender and sexual diversity, as embodied by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. We also uphold the South African Constitution provision for human rights, dignity and equality for all, and freedom from discrimination.
We provide psycho-social support to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer persons, knowing full well the challenges that they face. We believe that being different is a natural human trait, and that these differences should be fully embraced and celebrated.
The World Health Organisation
In 1990 the World Health Organisation declared that being gay was neither a sickness, nor a mental condition, and therefore did not need to be “cured” or changed. The WHO found that being gay is a natural variation found within the human race. Variation in gender and sexual orientation occurs in people from all countries, all religions, all races and all languages, regardless of whether someone is rich or poor.
In 2018 the World Health Organisation declared that gender incongruence was no longer a mental disorder, in accordance with the ICD-11 codes, thereby reducing the stigma and misunderstandings commonly found around transgender and gender identity issues.
It is important to become increasingly knowledgeable about the law in South Africa, how the law supports and protects LGBTI people, and where to go for help, should that be necessary.
Our Constitution prohibits discrimination against anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and the Constitutional Court hears cases in this regard.
The Equality Court stands ready to hear all cases that pertain to inequalities. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has an LGBTI National Task Team based in Pretoria, which comprises of judges, magistrates, lawyers, police and social workers for LGBTI rights. Same Love Toti serves on the provincial KZN LGBTI Task Team as an active non-profit organisation.
Same Love Toti has also been elected to the steering committee of the Hate Crimes Working Group, which is a multi-sectoral organisation that advocates for the implementation of the Hate Crimes Bill, and actively reports & monitors hate crimes across South Africa. Unfortunately lesbians, gays, transgender and gender non-conforming people are still targeted by hate crimes.
It is with all these things in mind that we do what we do. We support and educate all those affected by the stigma that society places on LGBTI individuals and their families. All people have the right to be treated as equals, have the right to safety, the right to love who they love, and the right to be who they are.