Scope strives for inclusivity even in spaces and places where it is hard to find. Identifying as LGBTQ in South Africa is dangerous because of a lack of information and education. Scope’s work affirms those who live inside and beyond our cities which are often safe havens for LGBTQ persons but is only the first step.
We deliberately engage in rural and peri-urban spaces by bringing resources, skills, language and tools to LGBTQ organisations and individuals alike to impact the areas they live and work in. Through our work engaging with corporate, government, and society, we hope to encourage South Africans to unlearn hate in favour of building an inclusive society for all. Our goals include the capacitation of those who are often most vulnerable.
To take up space and be more visible across the country. To normalise sexual orientations, gender identities, and sexual characteristics, which are part of our diversity as South Africans. Ours is to encourage LGBTQ persons to be active in their communities, speak about their identities, and find affirmation not only in the constitution but also in service delivery. Through teaching, helping people unlearn and visualizing the invisible, we hope to encourage an intersectional approach to attaining fundamental rights.