Kenya, Africa


The country is named after Mount Kenya, a very significant landmark and the second highest mountain peak of Africa. Violent riots followed the flawed national elections in December 2007. 1500 people were killed in ethnic and political fighting. On 28 February 2008, an agreement on the formation of a coalition government was signed in which the opposition leader would become Kenya's second Prime Minister. The Penal Code criminalizes homosexual behavior and attempted homosexual behavior between men, which is referred to as "carnal knowledge against the order of nature". The penalty is 5 to 14 years' imprisonment (rarely enforced). Lesbian relations are not prohibited in the law.

 

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Evolution of Kenya LGBT Rights and Spaces Since 2008.

| February 18th, 2013 | Comments Off

By David Kuria Founding Director, Gay and Lesbian Coalition Kenya (GALCK) August 2012 Here is update on the LGBT situation in Kenya for our LGBT community in recent years. I have focused on the broader picture of the movement and the social scene. Having been involved as the first director, of Galck, it is likely that I have presented a much more rosy picture than may be the actual case, though I tried to be as objective as possible. Introduction The Gay and Lesbian Coalition (GALCK) in their website (www.galck.org) say LGBT spaces and groups have expanded exponentially since 2008. GALCK is an umbrella organization bringing together a membership of six organizations including, ISHTAR MSM, Gay Kenya, Minority Women in Action, Transgender Education and Advocacy, Afra Kenya and PEMA Kenya. The latter is based in Mombasa – the Kenyan coastal town. Thus of the original nine members only three remain

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Gay Kenya Continues Out and Proud in 2012

| September 5th, 2012 | Comments Off

Homosexuality in Kenya continues to be a controversial issue, but gay rights advocates continue their advocacy for equality and tolerance. The most vigorous organization is Gays and Lesbians Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) founded in 2004 which leads the struggle for gay Kenyans everywhere.   Evolution of LGBT Rights and Spaces since 2008 This report was composed by David Kuria (photo right), former longtime director of GALCK. Last year he resigned from that position to run for public office in the Kenyan senate. His first bid was unsuccessful, not surprising since he was the first openly gay person ever to run for parliament in Kenya. He is currently campaigning for office once again, hoping for victory in the March 2013 election. (Financial donations for his campaign are welcome.) The Gay and Lesbian Coalition – GALCK – in their website  say LGBT spaces and groups have expanded exponentially since 2008.   GALCK

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Kenya: The Gray Area of Gay Refugees

| February 17th, 2012 | Comments Off

Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction A gay Ugandan couple fled to Uganda, thousands of kilometers from home with little more than the clothes on their backs. They came as brothers to live in a scorching refugee camp in northern Kenya. Surrounded by thousands of others who have fled wars and drought in neighboring countries, they came here to save their own lives. But they found little relief. Drastic Life Changes By Jonathan Kalan December 1, 2011 Globalpost.com Nairobi, Kenya  – The two tender, soft-spoken Ugandans shared a circle of good friends back in their hometown of Kampala. They were close with their families and they started a restaurant together. Life was good. That was before everything went wrong. They were disowned by their families. Their restaurant was burned down. Their car was stoned and set ablaze. And so they fled Uganda and came here, thousands of kilometers

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Life is Hard in the Kenyan Slums

| July 4th, 2010 | Comments Off

By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com July 4, 2010 Look at this daunting and harsh video. See the images and read the text. It was filmed in 2010 in the huge Methare district just outside Nairobi in Kenya. With its neighbor, the Kibera district, the two are the largest slum cities in Africa. (photo) I visited this ‘city’ in 2008 during a lull in the post-election riots that resulted in more than 1500 deaths from political and tribal ‘warfare’. See my photo gallery of the visit. What makes these images–the film and the photos–so disturbing is not just the dreadful living conditions for so many people but that the situation has been allowed to continue for so many years–generations. Nothing changes regardless of who is governing in central Nairobi, just ten miles away. Methare can be seen from atop the parliament building tower. (photo left below) To add insult to injury, members

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Out in Kenya 2009

| June 22nd, 2009 | Comments Off

Out in Kenya: Encountering Friends Like Us By Jesus Ramirez-Valles From Gay and Lesbian Review http://www.glreview.com/ May-June 2009 “Are you married?”î That was the first question coming from one of the men seated next to me. I immediately assumed he was curious about same-sex marriage in the United States. I replied that I was not, but had a male partner and a son adopted by him. People in this part of Sub-Saharan Africa have some access to the Internet and young ìgayî men visit websites where they are learning what is like to be homosexual in Western societies. Young gay men here are aware of the legalization of homosexual unions, and its related debates, in Europe and the U.S. Another young man in the circle created by about a dozen young gay men asked me what differences I saw between Kenya and the U.S. Affluence, of course, is a pretty

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Gay Kenya 2004

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

Kenya’s Gay Underground   "Homosexuality is prohibited under our country’s laws and is morally unacceptable in our society," immigration spokesman Frank Kwinga explained. "We shall not allow these people to come and teach our people bad manners."  This is what LGBT Kenyans face as they search for real love in a hostile culture. Also see: Gay Kenya Stories Gay Kenya News & Reports 1998 to present Gay Kenya Photo Galleries News24.com  http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Features/0,,2-11-37_1885943,00.html February 22, 2006 Being gay in Kenya Nairobi – Chinese stir-fry sizzles on the stove and lively conversation crackles between the three friends gathered round a table on a Tuesday night in Nairobi. It’s a run-of-the-mill dinner party but many Kenyans would say it is not a typical one. "I’m not afraid, but I’m not going to tell someone, ‘hey, I’m gay’," says Alex, 31, a marketing consultant. Stirring coconut milk into rice cooking on a glass-topped stove,

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Gay Life in Kenya

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

Despite the political chaos and violence of early 2008, Kenya’s LGBT community continues to grow and organize around rights, health and compassion.     The day I arrived in Nairobi the results of the presidential 2007 election had just been announced, which many believed to be fraudulent. The razor thin margin of victory was prematurely announced in favor of the incumbent Mwai Kabaki (a member of the Kikuyu tribe) before the final tallies were made. This obvious manipulation caused an explosion of frustration, anger and disbelief among opposition followers of Raila Odingo (of the Luo tribe), some of whom went on wild rampages in small towns and villages throughout Kenya (including the slums around Nairobi) against members of the President’s tribe. (Not surprisingly, other allied tribes, such as Kalenjin, as well as generic streets gangs also took advantage of the chaos to loot and attack.) Over the course of the

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Kenya – Nairobi: Kibera Slum (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

The huge Kibera slum suburb of Nairobi–as well as the Methare-North slum–was the scene of violent riots and killings that erupted after the flawed presidential election in December 2007. These photos were taken during a pause in the violence. I visited the area accompanied by a friend, Thomas Gale, a university professor in Nairobi who also does volunteer teaching (of French) in several slum-area primary schools. He is seen here in photos #23 and 29.  

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Kenya – Nairobi: Methare Slum (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

This slum suburb of Nairobi, as well as the Kibera slum, was the scene of violent riots and killings that erupted after the flawed presidential election in December 2007. These photos were taken during a pause in the violence. I visited the area accompanied by a friend, Thomas Gale, a university professor in Nairobi who also does volunteer teaching (of French) in several slum-area primary schools.

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Kenya – Nairobi: Bomas Museum (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

This national outdoor museum near Nairobi displays various tribal houses found throughout Kenya and also offers colorful dance programs from the tribes. There are more than fifty tribes in Kenya. Not far away is the Karen Blixen Museum dedicated to the authoress of ‘Out of Africa’. Her original house stands near one of the coffee roasting machines (final three photos). Her coffee plantation is now the golf course for the Karen Country Club.

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Kenya – Nairobi: National Game Park (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

The Nairobi National Park is unusual in that it is virtually inside the Nairobi city limits. Animals graze in view of the city’s skyscrapers. Nevertheless it contains a wide variety of animals.

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Kenya – Nairobi: City (1) (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

Kenya has been among Africa’s economic and political ‘successes’ since independence in 1963. Nairobi is one of the continent’s premier cities. I arrived two days after the national presidential elections on December 27, 2008. The results were angrily disputed and riots broke out all over the country. Some of the images (#40-52) here reveal the bad news and the presence of riot police on the streets of Nairobi. From January to April the violence caused about 1500 deaths nationwide and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Four months after the elections, the political rivals finally settled on how to share power in an unfriendly coalition government.

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Kenya – Nairobi: City (2) (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off

Kenya has been among Africa’s economic and political ‘successes’ since independence in 1963. Nairobi is one of the continent’s premier cities. I arrived two days after the national presidential elections on December 27, 2008. The results were angrily disputed and riots broke out all over the country. Some of the images (Nairobi Gallery 1, #40-52) reveal the bad news and the presence of riot police on the streets of Nairobi. From January to April the violence caused about 1500 deaths nationwide and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Four months after the elections, the political rivals finally settled on how to share power in an unfriendly coalition government.The images in this gallery portray a city at peace and experiencing relative prosperity.

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