International Day against Homophobia, May 17th 2012.
Good evening, and let me express my deep honour and pleasure at being here. I want to thank the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya for the invitation to be your keynote speaker. I want to commend Monica and MaqC for their inspiring words.
On December 10th, 1948, the UN General Assembly passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It proclaims a simple, powerful idea: All human are born free and equal in dignity and rights. And with the declaration, it was made clear that rights are not conferred by Governments; they are birth right of all people. It does not matter what country we live in, who our leaders are, or even who we are. Because we are human, we therefore have rights. And because we have rights, Governments are bound to protect them.