Kenya

LGBTI Rights in Kenya


ADDED ON: 09/21/2022

‘People should be who they are’: Kenyans embrace genderless fashion

A growing number of Kenyan labels are embracing genderless fashion, as a younger, more vocal generation calls for greater inclusivity and creativity in clothing designs. In July, fashion brand Vivo and Bold…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2022

Kenya president-elect says LGBTQ+, intersex rights ‘not a big issue’

The president-elect of Kenya last week told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that LGBTQ+ and intersex rights are “not a big issue” in his country. “We don’t want to create a mountain out of…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2022

Ruto on CNN: Kenyans Wonder Why Arab Leaders are Not Asked About LGBTQ Rights

President-elect William Ruto on Wednesday night appeared on CNN in a pre-recorded interview. The current Deputy President sat down with Christiane Amanpour to discuss among other things his election to the top seat…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2022

Kenya’s lesbian footballers fight for the right to play

All Imani wanted to do was to play football. But Kenyan fans, gossiping about her sexuality, had other ideas. "That one is always with girls," Imani overheard one man saying as she…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

The situation as a Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugee in Kenya is as terrible as you can imagine

Geoffrey Rainbo* is an LGBTQ+ refugee from Uganda (@GeoffreyRainbo). I am a Ugandan gay man living in Nairobi after being relocated from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in north-western Kenya, where I am seeking…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2022

Kenya’s lesbian footballers fight for the right to play

All Imani wanted to do was to play football. But Kenyan fans, gossiping about her sexuality, had other ideas. “That one is always with girls,” Imani overheard one man saying as she…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Churches in East Africa can help to change attitudes to LGBT rights, says charity

Churches in East Africa have a necessary part to play in changing attitudes and policies concerning LGBTIQ+ rights, the international charity the Arcus Foundation has said. Last week, at the Lambeth Conference,…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2022

Landmark Kenya intersex rights law takes effect

A new law that took effect late last month in Kenya has granted equal rights and recognition to intersex people. Intersex people are now recognized as Kenya’s third gender with an ‘I’…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2022

‘We’re here:’ Queer communities in Africa are struggling to be seen

Parades, flags and celebrations are all important to queer communities in Africa as they seek greater visibility and acceptance, despite the threats faced by many throughout the continent. Many people have now…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

Survey notes mixed levels of LGBTQ, intersex rights support among young Africans

A recent survey by the South Africa-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation that gauged the level of LGBTQ and intersex tolerance on the continent has received mixed reactions from some of Africa’s advocacy groups. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2022

LGBTQ rights in East Africa: U.S. sometimes takes an active role

This is the fourth in an eight-part series focusing on the impact of President Joe Biden’s February 2021 order to U.S. government agencies to “promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around…

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The Kisumu Feminists Society Wants Justice For Sheila Lumumba

The Kisumu Feminists Society was founded as an LGBT-inclusive feminist organization in Kisumu, Kenya when the women's movement and the LGBT movement could not stand alone in the face of gender-based violence…