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KYDESA Is Hiring

30 Nov 2016

Field Officer in Nakuru Kenya Youth Development Education Support Association (Kydesa) in collaboration with LINKAGES Project is seeking to employ a motivated, hardworking and proactive individual to fill the Field Officer vacancy for the purpose of supporting and strengthening a comprehensive package of services to Key Populations in Nakuru County Field Coordinator Education Background and Experience Diploma…

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Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) 2017 Applications Now Open

01 Nov 2016

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. HRAP is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building based at Columbia University in New York City. More than 300 Advocates from over 80 countries have participated in this program since 1989. Details about the program structure and activities…

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Gay men cause scene at Kilifi hospital after one of them stabbed his male lover over infidelity

31 Oct 2016

If you thought it’s only heterosexual men and women who fight in relationships over cheating, think again. A bunch of gay men caused an ugly scene, bringing activities at a community health facility in Mtwapa, Kilifi County to a standstill when they demanded to hold a night vigil at the hospital to guard one of…

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Why same sex marriages should be legalized in Kenya

27 Oct 2016

Homosexuality in Kenya is still considered a taboo and unacceptable to the cultural values and morality of Kenyans. Despite various organizations working to protect and improve LGBQ rights, same sex marriage is still not permitted in Kenya. Article 45(2) of the new Kenyan Constitution states that every adult has the right to marry a person…

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LGBQ Persons have rights, Deputy CJ nominee Mwilu tells MPs

26 Oct 2016

Deputy Chief Justice nominee Philomena Mwilu has said the rights of gay people are protected though same sex marriages are outlawed by the constitution. Mwilu told the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, during her vetting on Tuesday, that gay people have freedom of choice. “For me to answer the question about gayism, I…

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Kenya’s Anti-Gay Laws Hurting The LGBQ Community

17 Oct 2016

In Kenya, Lesbians, Gays, Transgender and Bisexuals are often stigmatized, discriminated and subjected to attacks because of their sexual orientations. Out of the 54 countries in Africa, Kenya is among the 37 countries that have criminalized homosexual acts. According to Pew Global Attitudes Project (2007), 97% of Kenyans believe that homosexuality is a way of…

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Judge Defends Ruling on Gays and Lesbians

12 Oct 2016

A High Court judge on Wednesday defended his ruling that homosexuals register their organisation. Justice Isaac Lenaola, who is seeking to join the Supreme Court, told the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) that the Constitution espouses the rights of every Kenyan including gays and bisexual and transgender people. He said his decision took into account the…

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Oak 2017 Fellowship Application

10 Oct 2016

The Oak Institute is pleased to invite applications for its 2017 Fellowship. It will go to a front-line artist-activist from outside of the United States whose creative work has highlighted a human rights concern. That individual will reside at Colby during autumn 2017. About the Oak Fellowship We annually award a fellowship that allows one…

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Judge Says Kenyans Will Accept SOGIE Issues, But It Will Take Time

06 Oct 2016

A senior judge on Wednesday said SOGIE issues “will eventually be accepted in Kenya though it would take years”. Justice Wanjiru Karanja of the Court of Appeal told the Judicial Service Commission that Kenya was a nascent democracy, where tradition and culture were highly valued, and that even old democracies such as the US took centuries…

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It’s Rule of Law, Not Religion, That Protects Human Rights in Kenya

29 Sep 2016

Recently, the Ministry of Labour hosted the Africa Regional Conference on Families in Nairobi. The key partner in convening this event was the World Congress of Families (WCF), a conservative non-governmental organisation headquartered in Illinois, USA. The WCF is an arm of the US religious-right movement focused on exporting conservative, neo-colonialist agendas throughout the Global…

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Security is Our Human Right

28 Sep 2016

Recently, the queer community in Nairobi watched as an officer of the Government falsely accused a sex positive podcast for exhibiting indecent Lesbianism content. We responded firmly and factually (http://bit.ly/2cr1G2W). In addition to his misinformation on the law, this public servant’s disregard for the impact of his words, actions and their consequences are intolerable. Even…

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GALCK Statement To Ezekiel Mutua and the Kenya Film Classification Board

12 Sep 2016

On the afternoon of 29th August, 2016, Ezekiel Mutua of the Kenya Film Classification Board, on social media released a statement about an alleged upcoming show. Mr Mutua alleged that the show in question, titled The Spread, would be “hosted by two lesbians.” The show would be hosted on What’s Good Networks (WGN) online broadcasting…

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The Accidental Feminist

12 Sep 2016

I have always been a feminist. I have not always known it. I was a “spirited child’’ in fact the exact words used by my brother were “problem child’’. Of course this tag hit hard. Of my father’s six children at the time I was the only one who was sent to boarding school at…

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Attorney General Githu Muigai Warns Court Against Gay Unions Via the Back Door

03 Sep 2016

Prof Githu, in his grounds of opposition filed before High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola, said declaring section 162 and 165 of Kenya’s penal law unconstitutional would amount to allowing same sex marriages and culture. In his two-page document addressing gays and lesbians rights activist Eric Gitari’s case, the AG said although the law of the…

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Mixed reactions to KFCB boss’ stance on branding Nini Wacera and Kaz’ show ‘Indecent’

31 Aug 2016

Kenya Film Classification boss Ezekiel Mutua has been savagely attacked by Kenyans online after he put up a post claiming “KFCB will take a firm action against the producers and distributors of the programme in line with the law.” The reason for this firm declaration is because, controversial personalities Nini Wacera and Kaz launched a…

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No One Chooses To Become Gay, It Depends On How One Was Created

27 Aug 2016

For reasons unknown, Kenyan media ignored the controversy generated by Mr Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who declared he would appeal the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which decided against testosterone monitoring of female athletes. The poster child for this controversy is South African runner Caster…

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GALCK Statement on State-Sanctioned Disruptions of Pride Celebrations in Uganda

05 Aug 2016

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) is the national umbrella body for SOGIE organizations representing various lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex voices from across Kenya. Together we envision a safe and enabling environment for SOGIE organizations and individuals in Kenya.

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Secrets of the Nairobi Lesbian

30 Jul 2016

You should have seen how Joan’s face lit up when the discussion on same-sex parties started during the college break time hour. She sprung into life, her partner – also a girl – on her side. They have been dating for two years now. It is official; they are lesbians. “What is so new about…

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Be Safe, Be Well: Safety Information for the SOGIE Community

30 Jul 2016

As a result of a recent media blitz around an alleged gathering of members of the lesbian community in Nairobi, the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya urges all members of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer community (LGBTIQ) to be on the lookout for suspicious activities and practice safety and wellness…

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Does Ezekiel Mutua Have Authority To Ban Lesbian Parties?

29 Jul 2016

The Kenya Film Classification Board yesterday ‘banned’ a lesbian hook-up party scheduled for Saturday. KFCB’s vocal and controversial CEO Ezekiel Mutua posted the notice on his Facebook page. As the name suggests, KFCB’s primary job is to classify films, eg by rating them GE (general exhibition), PG (parental guidance recommended), 16 (not suitable for persons under…

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Mandatory Anal Examinations In Kenya; Outdated and Horrific

12 Jul 2016

A Kenyan Court ruled that the use of anal examinations is legal after two men accused of being homosexuals were subjected to the tests. The two men had brought a case to the High Court in Mombasa on Thursday, 16th June 2016 calling for anal examinations on alleged homosexuals to be declared unconstitutional. “There was…

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GALCK Statement on UN Resolution on SOGIE Independent Expert

05 Jul 2016

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), a coalition of 16 member organisations working to prevent violence and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, welcomes the Human Rights Council resolution establishing an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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GALCK Statement on Extrajudicial Executions in Kenya

04 Jul 2016

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), a coalition of 16 member organisations working to prevent violence and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, stands in solidarity with all victims of extrajudicial executions and calls for accountability of the Kenya Police in their law enforcement activities.

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In The Name of Hate

03 Jul 2016

As many Kenyans gather in their places of worship, others are making preparations for the week ahead or catching up on much needed sleep after a long week or night out partying, 49 people lose their lives.  They are doing what thousands of Kenyans do every weekend: Socialising.  They are members of a minority community.…

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Intersectionality of Violence

03 Jul 2016

Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development, or deprivation”, although the group acknowledges that the inclusion of “the use…

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We Stand With Orlando

03 Jul 2016

On the morning of Sunday 12th June 2016, the world woke up to the tragic news that a gunman had opened fire and killed 50 people and left dozens of others severely injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Acts of hatred and violence are not unfamiliar to the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and…

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Petition to Fill Human Rights Protection Gap Affecting LGBQ Persons

02 Jul 2016

On Wednesday, June 8, five persons and three organisations, including the Gay and Lesbian Coalition in Kenya, filed a petition challenging Section 162 (a) and (c) and Section 165 of the Penal Code. These provisions criminalise ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ and ‘gross indecency’ respectively and have been used in the past to…

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Anal Examination On Homosexuals Lawful, Judge Maintains

17 Jun 2016

Suspects can be forced to undergo examinations to determine if they have engaged in homosexuality which is a crime, a court has ruled. Justice Mathew Emukule of the High Court in Mombasa said some orifices should not be substituted with sexual organs. The judge was ruling in a petition by George Maina Njeri and Caleb…

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KFCB Fails in Having Kenyan Gay Music Video ‘Same Love’ Banned on YouTube

06 May 2016

YouTube has finally acted on the controversial Kenyan gay music video dubbed ‘Same Love’ by Art Attack, but not in the way Kenya Film Classification Board would have wanted. The video sharing platform has marked the video as being potentially inappropriate. Upon its release in February, Kenya Film Classification Board wanted the video banned completely, arguing that homosexuality…

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Litigation & Advocacy

Consensual same-sex sexual conduct is criminalized under the law. These laws create a misguided perception in society that LGBQ persons are criminal; a perception that is driven to further perpetuate human rights violation and acts of violence. 

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