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A film By TheNest Collective: STORIES OF OUR LIVES.

We’re very proud to announce that we made our first feature film as a collective! On June 30, 2013, we began collecting and archiving the stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex from Kenya. We called this project Stories of Our Lives - and we wanted to do this project for many reasons, but mostly because we wanted to tell stories that are not often heard, stories that characterize the queer experience

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Human Rights Watch Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship

Degree Level: Graduate Field of Study: Arts & Humanities, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education Location: United States, or International, or Any Duration: Multi-year Deadlines: No later than October 15, 2014 Description: Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch, this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations,

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COMING SOON: TACTICAL TECH’S WORKSHOP ON GENDER, PRIVACY & DIGITAL SECURITY

Building on our work training on digital security and supporting women's rights information-activism, Tactical Tech is organizing a 6-day event in early December 2014 to provide the opportunity for up to 50 women and trans people to increase their understanding and practice of digital security and privacy, and learn tools and techniques for sharing this with others. We will be opening the formal application process in mid-September, but if

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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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The Internship Programme

APPLICATIONS OPEN (closing 13th June 2014)   As part of UHAI's commitment to strengthening East Africa's LGBTI and sex worker movements, we run an Internship Programme that offers two LGBTI and sex workers identifying activists opportunity to work at UHAI for 3-6 months, every January and July. Skills acquired in the course of the internship are  then transferred to their home organisations after the internship period. A modest stipend to help

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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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