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Why Silence Should Never An Option in A Hellish Society

23 Mar 2017

We live in strange and scary times. The president of the world’s most powerful nation is using Twitter to send out 140-character messages (full of spelling mistakes, I might add) to the world. Yes, Donald Trump, who has an army of communication and public relations experts at this disposal, is physically typing angry messages on…

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I Am More Than My Sexuality

02 Mar 2017

I was born and raised in Kenya. I am a teacher, a voter, your neighbour, a student, a doctor, a parent, a police officer, an entrepreneur, a friend, a lawyer a judge, a policy maker just to mention a few. I am a law abiding citizen and I always pay my taxes on time. I…

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Bring the LGBQ Conversation Out of the Closet

27 Jan 2017

Coming out and identifying yourself as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Queer is always a challenge no matter where you live because of the stigma and discrimination that one is bound to face for the rest of their lives. Diversity is a beautiful thing, and to make people feel excluded for something they have no control over…

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Honouring the Gallant few who risk everything to defend human rights

11 Jan 2017

It has not been a good decade for political rights and civil liberties. Unpopular dictators under pressure to reform their political systems and relinquish office have responded by repressing dissidents and rivals, undermining their human rights. The cumulative impact of these trends has been dramatic. According to Freedom House, an American think tank, 2015 was…

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For gays and lesbians in Mombasa, coming out is a ticket to stigma and discrimination

22 Dec 2016

Family rejection, homelessness and imprisonment are some of the harsh realities facing Mombasa’s sexual and gender minorities. Although human rights organisations are fighting for their equal rights, stigmatisation and discrimination remain high. Eric, 18, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, said he came out as gay to himself and to his family…

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Fighting to Protect Human Rights in Kenya’s new Global Fund and PEPFAR Supported Key Population Size Estimate Study

05 Dec 2016

The criminalization of sex work, drug use and same-sex relationships among consenting adults undermines HIV service delivery.[1] In most countries, the legal environment works against access to delivery of effective services, such as harm reduction services and programs targeting sex workers and men having sex with men. Given these facts, we are deeply concerned that…

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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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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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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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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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