I was honoured and humbled to be a part of a most unique strategic thinking process for one of GALCK’s key development partner last week. Not only was this a reflective time for looking back at where the East African LGBTI movement has come from, but we were together able to analyse the current state of the movement and create possibilities of what lies ahead in the movement’s future. I met, interacted with, learnt from and exchanged contacts with both seasoned activists from the EAC region, some of whom I had only heard or read about, as well as a relatively new crop of activists and organizations who are also doing exploits for the LGBTI communities in their respective countries.
Being the reflective kind, I am still chewing on a lot from this process, but I am particularly interested to narrow down on a few pragmatic thoughts especially at this time of galvanizing to map out the future of LGBTI organizing in Kenya. Chief amongst these is the fact that movement building for life and death matters is never a walk in the park. A lot of people tend to think that LGBTI Organizing (difficult as it is) is equivalent to LGBTI movement building. Well, the two can feed on each other, yet they have been mutually exclusive, and at times the former has worked for the detriment of the latter.