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LGBTI Rights in Kenya


ADDED ON: 07/28/2021

Meet 7 Activists Fighting to Improve LGBTQ+ Rights Across Africa

I’ve personally experienced two homophobic attacks in my home city of Enugu, in southeastern Nigeria: one from the police and the other from a crowd of students. In both instances, I was…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2021

Kenyan Civil Society welcomes Move by Methodist Church to Allow Same Sex Marriages

The Church's announcement came when the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community just finished celebrating pride-month. Pride month is a yearly promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2021

How Relationships Can Turn Faith Leaders Into LGBT Allies

A grassroots group in Kenya has found a slow-but-effective formula for converting anti-LGBT faith leaders into LGBT advocates. Penda* did not feel worthy of a seat at the table with the 15…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2021

I Am Samuel: the film aiming to ‘change the narrative’ on being gay in Kenya

Samuel Asilikwa grew up in rural Kenya. There was a strict template for masculinity, informed by centuries of tradition – and intolerance. In a new documentary about his life, we see his…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2021

Gay refugee ‘ambushed’ by homophobe and left with broken leg: ‘I feel like the world has rejected me’

As Canary Murungi walked on foot to the shops in the Kakuma Refugee Camp at 11am, a fellow refugee from Sudan spotted him, he told PinkNews. “He ambushed me,” the 24-year-old said,…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2021

Fury at UNHCR as burned Kakuma LGBTQIA+ refugee dies

Activists slam the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) after Kakuma Camp LGBTQIA+ refugee and human rights defender Chriton ‘Trinidad’ Atuhwera dies from burns sustained in a homophobic attack. The 22-year-old had been in…

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ADDED ON: 03/24/2021

LGBTQ+ people in Kenya urgently need mental health support

There’s an urgent need for culturally appropriate mental and physical health services for sexual and gender minorities in Kenya, says a University of Michigan researcher. “There’s still a lot of social stigma,…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2021

Kenya: Victims of Kakuma arson attack airlifted to Nairobi hospital

In a rare change of heart, the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has airlifted the victims of a March 15 homophobic fire attack at Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2021

Marriage between two women — a longstanding Kenyan tradition

Woman-to-woman marriage is one of the many forms of cultural practice recognised by some communities in Africa. Although this form of marriage is recognised by some communities in several African countries, there’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2021

LGBT+ refugees call on U.N. for safe space after Kenya camp attacks

LGBT+ people living in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya urged U.N. officials on Friday to move them to a safer area following a series of homophobic attacks by other residents and…

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Peter Murimi – Documentary Filmmaker, Kenya

Peter Murimi is a producer and documentary filmmaker whose work is often featured on the BBC. His film, “I am Samuel” follows a queer Kenyan man navigating his identity while struggling with…

Kevin Mwachiro: Author-Podcaster-Journalist, Kenya

Kevin Mwachiro is a man of many talents. He is a published author, podcaster, film festival curator, and former journalist. However, his true passion lies in telling Kenyan stories, specifically queer stories.…