Tag Archive | Kenya

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 […]

Kenya: LGBT hope for court win after India drops anti-gay law

Kenya: LGBT hope for court win after India drops anti-gay law

A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalising gay sex has been reinvigorated, after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week, LGBT rights campaigners said yesterday, Wednesday 12th September. Homosexuality is taboo in the east African nation, and the persecution of sexual minorities is rife. Under sections […]

Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ director sues Kenya to lift ban on film

Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ director sues Kenya to lift ban on film

(Reuters) – The Kenyan director of a movie, banned in her home country for telling the love story of two women, has filed a lawsuit seeking to lift the bar, so it can be considered for the country’s Oscars entry, court documents show. Rafiki, which means friend in the Swahili language, premiered at the Cannes […]

Kenya bans lesbian film ‘Rafiki’ set to open at Cannes

Kenya bans lesbian film ‘Rafiki’ set to open at Cannes

Kenyan authorities have banned a film that tells the love story of two women on the grounds that it promotes lesbianism, but activists said the ban would only promote interest in the movie. ‘Rafiki’, a word that means friend in KiSwahili, was this week invited to premiere at next month’s Cannes Film festival — the […]

Kenya: LGBT await ruling in case to decriminalise homosexuality

Kenya: LGBT await ruling in case to decriminalise homosexuality

When John Mathenge finished primary school in the early 1990s, he dreamed of becoming a lawyer. But his dreams were shattered when life showed him what being gay in Kenya meant. His sexual orientation was seen as sinful from childhood. Mathenge’s father refused to pay his secondary school fees,

HRC Praises Obama and Stands with Kenyan LGBT Activists

HRC Praises Obama and Stands with Kenyan LGBT Activists

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the US’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, commended US President Obama for his comments about the need to respect human rights for all people. At a press conference yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya, President Obama said countries should not discriminate based on sexual orientation, while Kenyan President […]