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The Queer Question

Last month, ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) released the 2014 State Sponsored Homophobia Report. You can read the report here. This report is a world survey of laws that critically looks at criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love. In the article, "We Are All African" (Page 78) I note; But perhaps what could be seen as the most controversial of the responses sought would be aid conditionality.

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Kenya: “Society makes us invisible”

Kevin Mwachiro, author of „Invisible – Stories from Kenya's Queer Community“ talks in a video-interview with Caroline Ausserer about the making of the book, the situation in Kenya and his vision for a queer future in his country.   Caroline Ausserer: What was your motivation for this book? Kevin Mwachiro: It started when we had just organized the OUT Film Festival at the Goethe Institute in Nairobi in 2012 with the then Director Johannes

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UN Human Rights Office marks #IDAHOT 2014 with Powerful New Video!

The United Nations Free & Equal campaign presents a message on this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Share your story and change hearts and minds -- we are all the foundation for this movement for equality. You can watch this video with Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish (as well as Persian) captions by clicking the small, square "CC" button in the bottom of the YouTube screen and selecting language.

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After Uganda, Kenya Gears Up for Gay Rights Debate

NAIROBI — Kenya could become the next battleground for gay rights as lawmakers plan to introduce a motion in parliament to compel authorities to more strongly enforce the country's anti-homosexual laws.  Gay rights activists say the pressure has already increased since neighboring Uganda passed a strict anti-gay law last month.First-term member of parliament Irungu Kang'ata is leading a newly-formed caucus set to combat homosexuality in Kenya.In

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SA’s blood service lifts ban on gay men

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) will no longer discriminate against sexually active gay men who would like to donate blood. Previous policies in 2006 allowed gay men who had been celibate for six months or longer to donate, but would turn away those who had been sexually active, regardless of whether or not they practised safe sex. In the past, homosexual men were seen as having the highest infection rate of HIV, however, this is

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A Gay Kenyan’s Gang Rape (Part 1): The Blessing

On the morning of Dec. 11, 2007, Anthony Adero decided to leave his hometown forever and head to the capital, because he wanted to kiss a man for the first time in his life. He packed the few essentials needed for his five-hour trip, little things that carry weight, like family photographs and a prerecorded cellphone message from his baby sister; he felt soothed whenever he heard her giggles. What he could not stuff into his suitcase he packed in

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A Gay Kenyan’s Gang Rape (Part 2): The Resurrection

Anthony Adero granted me the privilege and the honor of discussing with him his redemptive experience following the trauma of being gang raped. We delved into his "afterlife," his journey through fear, denial and social resistance, and the overwhelming difficulty of finding the expressive language to capture an awful occurrence that grew into a blessing as he reclaimed his body before the world. Nick Mwaluko: Following the rape, you were in recovery,

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Gay Kenyans warn Uganda-style anti-gay bill is coming

Parliamentary group has launched in Nairobi with the aim of enforcing more extreme anti-gay laws in Kenya  Gay rights activists are fighting to stop a Uganda-style anti-gay bill in Kenya. Denis Nzioka, a gay rights activist in Kenya, and his colleagues are planning to combat against an anti-gay parliamentary caucus to [caption id="attachment_201" align="alignright" width="400"] Photo by Denis Nzioka/Twitter[/caption] address the ‘issue’ of homosexuality.

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