South Africa’s Constitution Act 108 of 1996 is one of the first in the world to prohibit unfair discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. It thereby guarantees equality for everyone and including the LGBTQI+ people. My mission is to create a safe environment to enhance the constitutional right to homosexuality, equality, sexuality and diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning people in our country. To educate the uneducated minds on the fact that homosexuality is not a choice, to deal away with religious extremists that are in place to constantly threatened and kill the LGBTQI+ community. To eliminate the concept and idea of suicide amongst those that identify with the LGBTQI umbrella and deal away with discrimination, prejudice and the subject of morality.
2. Who are you ?
Karabo Morake is a 26year old currently employed as a Legal Executive Manager at one of the biggest Legal Insurance Companies in South Africa. He has also studied for various Post Graduate studies at University of Cape Town, North West University, African School of Mediation as well as University of South Africa. I am a very a hardworking and dedicated young man who is very passionate about law and justice. I am also a championship dancer specializing in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing, among other various styles of dance, under the South African Dance Foundation. I am also a part time Model as well as a Motivational Speaker an MC host and Business Rescue Practitioner, let’s just say I am a man of many talents.
3. Projects Involved In.
3.1 Legal Project
I am currently involved in what I call an Employment Regulations Guide for the LGBTQI+ people/community. After years and years of legal studies and knowledge I realized that we as diverse people don’t have a regulations guide or Act in the country that stipulates and governs the laws that protect us as a community. It occurred to me when my company hired a transgender man, who was forced to confirm to the norm of having to dress as a man on a daily basis. This was a serious issue that broke my heart in that the employee ended up resigning not because of his incapability or quality and standard of his work, but because of a regulations guide that would protect his constitutional right to freedom of expression and sexuality. It also occurred to me when one of our workers mentioned that as a lesbian couple it was very difficult for her and her partner to register a birth certificate at Home Affairs for their daughter. We are still in a country without resources for the LGBTQI+ people and community in a country that has mother and father certificates printed out. They had to scratch the child’s certificate in order to write parent. This is a sad issue that made me aware that we do not have much rights and laws that protect and govern the LGBTQI.
I have started an LGBTQI group at my work place to draft an Employees Regulations Guide which would look at all the issues that tackle and deal with LGBTQI in work forums. My desire is to have same implemented not only at my workplace but in various institutions right through the country to truly promote spirit of Ubuntu in line with the Constitution and the right to equality. To bring about awareness to the lack of care towards the diverse groups of people.
3.2 Tell Your Story Campaign
My other project is called Tell Your Story. This is more of a personal campaign to me as I am the forefront of Tell You Story. This campaign looks at combating suicide amongst the LGBTQI+ Community. I personally survived a suicide attempt with my coming out story. It is one that is very saddening and breaks my heart each time I tell it or talk about it. It saddens me that a lot of young people attempt to end their lives due to societies influences, religious believers and families that refuse to accept their children when they come out. I tell my story to whomever is willing to listen in order to reach out and save lives. I have had numerous radio stations and newspaper publications in the Western Province and North West Province cover my story. This campaign aims at being a voice for those that can’t speak for themselves and being a beacon of hope for those who find themselves in darkness. I also make sure that I play an active role in the community and host such events like Dancing with the Queens to show my endless support to the LGBTQI+ community.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”PLEASE SUPPORT MY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECTS.
” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_separator style=”shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”644″ img_size=”350×350″ alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text css_animation=”appear”]The main purpose of World Gay Foundation NPC/NPO (Non-Profit Company Registration Number: 2016/302304/08) (NPO Number: 181-515) are to assist the greater Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community, in supporting causes and charitable events, providing education and awareness programs, and creating an ethos of care within the community and beyond. To achieve its objectives, the organizations will mainly rely on sponsorship and donation income from the public and corporate sector. The organizations value the use of spectacle, pageantry, theatre, creativity, recreation, music, design, multi-media, and other forms of artistic expression, to create LGBTQ+ awareness/celebration, eliminate stigma and promote pride-consciousness as a philosophy for living and being well.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”583″ img_size=”full” alignment=”right”][/vc_column][/vc_row]