Tag Archive | Kenya

Kenya to hold global sexual health summit amid protests

Kenya to hold global sexual health summit amid protests

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health, with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation. More than 6,000 participants – including heads of state, government ministers, financial institutions, donors, and civil […]

Kenya: Census results ‘big win’ for intersex people

Kenya: Census results ‘big win’ for intersex people

The results of Kenya’s first census to recognise intersex people are a “big win” for their rights, campaigners said as the data was released on Monday, expressing hopes it would lead to more progressive policies. Kenya became the first African nation, and one of the only countries in the world, to count people born with […]

Kenya: Victory for LGBT+ community as charity wins right to be recognised

Kenya: Victory for LGBT+ community as charity wins right to be recognised

A prominent LGBT+ organisation in Kenya won the right to be recognised as a charity on Friday, in a Court of Appeal ruling, that could give greater freedom to persecuted sexual minorities across the country. The court ruled that the government could not use colonial-era laws, criminalising gay sex, to block the National Gay Lesbian […]

Kenya: Dozens of LGBT+ refugees fall sick at UN shelter

Kenya: Dozens of LGBT+ refugees fall sick at UN shelter

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees living in a shelter run by the United Nations in Kenya were taken to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, days after they complained of overcrowding and poor sanitation at the facility. About 40 refugees – including three children – were treated at a hospital on the outskirts of Nairobi after […]

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees accuse UN of failing them

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees accuse UN of failing them

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya on Friday accused the United Nations of failing to provide adequate shelter and protection, after they were forced to flee attacks at a refugee camp, and relocated to an abandoned school on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) moved around 200 refugees – mostly from Uganda […]

Nairobi: Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ film shows to cheering crowd after ban lifted

Nairobi: Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ film shows to cheering crowd after ban lifted

(Reuters) – Rafiki, the acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was until Friday banned in Kenya where it was made, showed on Sunday to a cheering, sold-out audience in Nairobi. Nairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings at the Prestige Cinema in the capital for a week, after a judge […]

Kenya: Ban lifted on lesbian film, now eligible for Oscars

Kenya: Ban lifted on lesbian film, now eligible for Oscars

(Reuters) – A Kenyan judge temporarily lifted a ban on an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian relationship on Friday, making it eligible to be entered for a Foreign Language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering the censor. “Rafiki” – “Friend” in Swahili – premiered at Cannes, the first Kenyan film to be selected by the […]