What is Hear Us Out?

Hear Us Out! was developed by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), but the website really belongs to all African LGBTIQ youth and their allies. It is designed to be a safe and inclusive online space where young people of all backgrounds, cultures and races can connect and support each other. The website was also created to make it easier for young people, their families and other users to access and share information about the issues affecting LGBTIQ youth.

Although there are many common experiences among LGBTIQ youth, there are also some issues people face that are unique to their area, culture or community. This means that each person will use this website differently: some users will like to chat with other people, while others may simply want to check out a few resources or share their personal stories. As such, we’ve designed the website in a way that users can add new content, express themselves creatively and start their own discussion. And while GALA will play a moderating role, the future of the website is in the hands of its users. We can’t wait to see how Hear Us Out! develops and changes, and we hope you will participate in this exciting online conversation.

How does it work?

Hear Us Out! is divided into four sections: Resources, Art Space, Youth Voices and the Forum. The website has been arranged in this way to make it easier to navigate, and although each of these sections is separate, we recommend you take some time to explore each one.

Even if you’re looking for something specific, you will soon discover that the different parts of the website link together in interesting and surprising ways. And who knows, you might even stumble across something fascinating that you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Who can use this site?

If you’re in any way interested in the issues and challenges faced by African LGBTIQ youth, then Hear Us Out! will have something for you.

First and foremost, this website is a safe space for LGBTIQ youth, and many parts of Hear Us Out! have been designed especially for young people themselves to interact and support each other. However, we understand that LGBTIQ youth don’t exist in isolation, and so we’ve also made available many resources for parents, educators and researchers.

About GALA

GALA is a centre for LGBTIQ culture and education in Africa. The organisation’s mission is, first and foremost, to act as a catalyst for the production, preservation and dissemination of knowledge on the history, culture and contemporary experiences of LGBTIQ people.

In recent years, GALA has also strengthened its commitment in areas such as education and movement-building. Through its different areas of work, GALA makes an important contribution to the achievement and development of the human rights of LGBTI people on the continent, and to social justice more broadly.

For more information, visit the GALA website