Tag Archive | Kenya

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 […]

Kenya: Rights Groups Should Be Allowed To Register As NGOs

Kenya: Rights Groups Should Be Allowed To Register As NGOs

Human rights groups, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights groups, should be able to register and carry out their work in Kenya, Human Rights Watch said last Tuesday (2nd). The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s (NGLHRC) application to register was denied in 2013 because the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board deemed the […]

60 People Arrested at Kenyan Nightclub for ‘Suspected Homosexuality’

60 People Arrested at Kenyan Nightclub for ‘Suspected Homosexuality’

  About sixty people were arrested by Kenyan police recently at a nightclub in Nairobi, and were detained at the Central Police Station in the city for ‘suspected homosexuality’. Patrons of the Envy nightclub in central Nairobi were arrested by Kenyan authorities over the weekend according to local media, who claim that the reason for […]

Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina Comes Out

Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina Comes Out

“My dear @BinyavangaW writes a piece that springs open the prison doors of the heart,” is what Nigerian-born writer, Teju Cole, tweeted about the beautifully heartfelt piece written by Kenyan author, Binyavanga Wainaina. The article, titled “I am a homosexual, Mum.” was first published on the website, Africa Is A Country, where it was widely spread across social media before […]