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LGBTI Rights in Kenya


ADDED ON: 02/21/2019

Kenyan court to rule on decriminalising gay sex

Kenya’s High Court is to rule on Friday whether to decriminalise gay sex. The court’s verdict could make history if it decides to scrap the law that makes homosexuality illegal and dates…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

LGBT+ Africans optimistic as Kenya set to rule on decriminalising gay sex

There is a quiet air of excitement at the offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), as the countdown draws closer to Friday when a much-awaited ruling by…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

Kenyan United Methodists oppose allowing LGBT clergy, pray for church unity worldwide

During a recent prayer service here at the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church, more than a hundred worshippers followed Rev. Wilton Odongo, one of the church’s head pastors, as he led…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Hopes High Before Kenya Ruling on Decriminalizing Gay Sex

Members of Kenya’s LGBT community are looking forward to a High Court ruling that might decriminalize gay sex. The impending ruling is raising hopes among LGBT persons across the region. South of…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2019

As Angola decriminalizes homosexuality, where does the African continent stand?

Angola has done away with criminalizing homosexuality, removing a notorious "vices against nature" provision in its penal code. Other African nations still punish people for same-sex relationships. The reform has been hailed by…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya fall sick at U.N. shelter

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees living in a shelter run by the United Nations in Kenya were taken to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, days after they complained of overcrowding and poor…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2019

Kenya could make history by legalising homosexuality

In Kenya, February 22 2019 could be an anniversary remembered for generations. This is the date on which a three-judge bench at the Constitutional Court in Nairobi will give Kenyans – and…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

Court Decisions on LGBT Rights Echo ‘A Wild Wish’

More than two centuries ago Mary Wollstonecraft laid the foundations for feminist thought with a simple premise: lack of equal opportunity diminished individual self-worth and hobbled social progress. In A Vindication of the…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya accuse U.N. of failing on protection, shelter

It wasn’t long after Joe’s father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realized the men from his church would be coming for him next.  First came…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2019

New US ambassador Kyle McCarter speaks Kiswahili, opposes gay unions

On Wednesday, the United States Senate approved the appointment of former Senator Kyle McCarter as the new Ambassador to Kenya. McCarter comes to a familiar territory with a promise to support the…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2018

Life is hard as a gay refugee

I am a Ugandan man living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya, where I am seeking asylum. I am 23 years old, the second child to parents who did not accept…

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Kakuma: From Celebration to Desperation

2018 has been a year of incredible highs and lows for LGBTI refugees in housed in Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp. In early June, Refugee Flag Kakuma - a loose-knit organization of…