The Gay & Lesbian network (GLN) is a registered non-profit organisation which is based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal and has been operational since 2003. In this time it has accomplished pioneering work, primarily with young people, unemployed and marginalised lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living in and around KwaZulu-Natal.
From humble beginnings, the Gay & Lesbian Network has developed into a full functional NPO that offers a wide range of programmes and services to the LGBTI community. The organisation also works with the broader community to create a more enabling and welcoming environment, in which LGBTI’s can access services and be treated with respect, without discrimination or fear of violence.
The organisation has a small staff and a core of committed volunteers who contribute to every aspect of the Network’s programmes.
The GLN is part of a consortium of 10 organizations in KwaZulu natal who were awarded funding from the Foundation for Human Rights on capacity building towards strengthening of civil society organisations.
In 2012, the work of GLN was internationally recognised and the organisation received a special distinction award from the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights. The distinction has been granted in recognition of GLN’s work and active involvement in supporting the advancement of Human Rights in South Africa.