Launched in 2013, the Love not Hate campaign is a multi-partner initiative addressing violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.
Gender- and sexuality-motivated hate crimes are increasingly common in South Africa, but such incidents remain underreported and, in most cases, insufficiently investigated. In part, this is due to the current ad-hoc response to hate crimes and a lack of dedicated resources. The situation is further complicated by limited awareness of the issue, both within the criminal justice system and the wider community, which makes it difficult for LGBTI hate crime survivors to access medical and psycho-social support.
Love not Hate aims to counter this situation by providing a coordinated response to hate crimes. The programme works to educate service providers and the public, while also helping survivors to overcome some of the structural barriers preventing them from accessing help. This includes assisting LGBTI persons to report incidents of violence and to navigate the justice system, as well as tracking hate crimes using a standardised documentation system.
As part of its outreach work, Love not Hate regularly produces posters with critical information for LGBTI communities on their options and rights. These posters also help to raise awareness among the public about hate crimes and associated issues.
The Love Not Hate programme is funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA).