The Sexual Diversity & Rights (SDR) programme was established with the objective of contributing to the protection of the rights of sexual minority groups. The programme is committed to a society in which the broader community is well informed about sexual orientation and varying gender identity and accepting of gender and sexual diverse people. Its main objective is to “create larger opportunities for sexual minorities in Southern Africa to enjoy the freedom to live their lives in their own way and to be accepted by and have full participation in society”. Our key thematic areas include: sexual health and rights, advocacy for rights and policy change, amplifying civic voices and public participation, knowledge development and exchange, safety and security, movement building and collaborative efforts. Through strategic grant making, capacity building and movement building, the SDR programme has been able to advocate for the rights and safety of gender non-conforming individuals in South Africa and beyond.