South Africa opens continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre

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03/10/2020

LGBT+ South Africans said the continent’s first Queer Wellness Centre, which opened on Tuesday, would spare gay and trans people the shame, rejection and confusion that they often face when seeking medical care. The founders of the center in Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city, said it would provide clients with “stigma-free” sexual and mental health services, as well as treatments that focused specifically on LGBT+ people’s need. “We hope that other African countries will see that if we can do this, then it is possible for them to do it too,” said Mzamo Mbelle, a medical doctor working with the center, which was decorated with paintings for sale by LGBT+ artists.

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