Gay and lesbian rights

The Triangle Project to focus on health issues among gay people this month.

Human Rights groups promote health in the gay and lesbian community.

CAPE TOWN - A gay and lesbian rights group says it hopes to drive the message home of sexual wellness among same sex couples during women's month.

The Triangle Project says while it's always focusing on health issues among gay people, it needs to highlight the matter this month.

The organisation's Sharon Ludwig says some same couples which are counselled at the organisation don't realise the importance of sexual wellness in their relationships.

"Much of our programmatic work is focused around women and women's voices in citizenship. But in August we have a day that will be around woman's health and wellness."

She believes many of these couples also need to be educated about the importance of good access to health benefits.

"We're specifically looking at, and have been for a long while, at women being able to come forward and access health care and the linkages between violence, rape and HIV."

TUTU EMBRACES HOMOSEXUALS

In July Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu sent a stern warning to his religious counterparts to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The United Nations (UN) launched its global Free and Equal Campaign in Cape Town last month. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of homophobic violence and discrimination.

Tutu called on religious leaders and civil society to embrace people with different sexual preferences. In a passionate address, Tutu said people would never be truly free until gays, lesbians, bisexuals are allowed to be who God made them to be.

POPE FRANCIS

Pope Francis, in some of the most compassionate words from any pontiff on homosexuals, said gays should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.

In a conversation with journalists on board the plane bringing him back from a visit to Brazil on Sunday night, Francis defended gays from discrimination, but also referred to the Catholic Church's universal Catechism, which says that while homosexual orientation is not sinful, homosexual acts are.