Tag Archive | Kenya

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 […]

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 […]