18 Sep 2023

By Gerald Hayo Today the Anti-LGBTQ Movement in Mombasa is holding a protest against the Supreme Court’s decision reaffirming the LGBTQ community’s right to associate. Populist politicians and religious leaders will use the occasion to foment hate and encourage acts of violence against sexual and gender minorities. The Kenyan press has been dominated by voices…

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Kenya’s Katiba Day: Reflecting on the Impact of Outdated Laws in Kenya

25 Aug 2023

In the complex landscape of Kenya’s human rights struggles, the historical implications of colonisation echo through the present, particularly regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender-diverse (LGBTQ+) individuals. Inherited from its colonial past, our legal system bears the burden of archaic laws criminalising same-sex sexual activity. Despite the Constitution of Kenya (2010)…

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Global Corporations Should Support LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Africa

07 Jul 2023

Human rights are universal and not restricted by geography. Although Africa, a huge and diverse continent, recognizes this in its Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the LGBTIQ+ community still confronts considerable obstacles as a result of social stigma, discrimination, and legislative prohibitions. In Africa, 32 countries criminalize same-sex conduct; this is about 60% of the continent, according to ILGA World.

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Falling in love in the closet

10 Feb 2021

By: Mark Ninga, Social Media Intern, GALCK How is falling in love in the closet? It starts out as that one night you’re out with your friends, a few drinks then you happen to meet this friend you haven’t seen in a long while. You walk home together before you know it, it just happens.…

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HOME- The Queer Refugee Crisis.

24 Nov 2020

By David Kwoba, GALCK’s Communications Intern Due to the increasing enforcement of strict anti-LGBTQ laws in East African countries, there has been a surge in the number of queer refugees seeking asylum in Kenya. More than 750+ LGBT refugees in Kenya are forced to live in the shadows, and undergo inhumane treatment, pushed to the…

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Bi and Proud

02 Oct 2019

September is Bisexual Visibility month; a month set aside internationally to celebrate and bring about awareness to the Bisexual community in the LGBTQ+ movement. I have had the pleasure to talk to a number of individuals who identify as Bisexual and this has shown light on a lot of issues that they face as a…

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Understanding the Equal Rights Case

23 Feb 2018

Possibly, shortly before this article appears, a case will have been argued in the High Court about whether provisions in the Penal Code penalising homosexual activity are against the Constitution. Particularly when the topic arouses as much emotion as this one, you are more likely to read or hear denunciations and rhetoric than any coherent…

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LGBQ Rights Are Human Rights

24 Nov 2017

LGBT rights in Kenya are limited in comparison to other jurisdictions in the world. Under section 162, 163 a) & c) and 165 of the penal code, any sexual practices between males (termed “gross indecency”) are a felony and are punishable by 5 to 14 years imprisonment. In Kenya the state doesn’t recognize any relationships…

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African Feminist Crushes: Yvonne Oduor

27 Sep 2017

  Who is Yvee? (Where are you from? Where did you grow up? What do you miss the most about your childhood? What do you miss the least? A lesbian, Gender non-conforming feminist & human rights activist living in Nairobi, Kenya. I was born on the stairs of Pumwani maternity hospital; my mum insists on…

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I’m Homosexual & Catholic. Now What?

14 Jun 2017

I was in form three in a boys only boarding school when I started receiving anonymous love notes placed in my locker. The person would tell me how much he loved me and how he was so attracted to me. I was not very social then and I did not have many friends so it…

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