The Ekurhuleni Pride Organisation Committee (EPOC) actively advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights in Gauteng’s Ekurhuleni Region. The organisation creates safe spaces and unites the LGBTI people by creating programmes aimed at enhancing their diversity, health, and well-being. The programmes have taken the form of community awareness and dialogues, workshops and seminars, Ekurhuleni Pageants, Ekurhuleni Pride, and HIV, Tuberculosis, sexually-transmitted infections and treatment campaigns.
On 8 September 2018, EPOC, in partnership with the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR), hosted a dialogue at Eudy’s Park, KwaThema, Springs.
In a well-attended setting, members of the LGBTI community engaged in open discussions on relevant human rights issues such as the stigma and discrimination they face and the devastating effects of HIV and gender-based violence. The conversations were accompanied by prayers, a candlelight ceremony, musical items, performances and lunch. In addition, free HIV testing was also available for the participants.