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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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Ugandan court annuls anti-homosexuality law

Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal. Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality" and banned the "promotion of homosexuality". Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted. 'Null and void' “The

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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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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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Everything you need to know about Africa’s anti-gay crackdown

Uganda and Nigeria have launched campaigns to ban homosexuality and throw gays in jail. Why now? What is the goal of the new laws? To criminalize homosexuality and "cleanse" these two countries' societies of gay people. In January, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a new anti-gay law that mandates 14-year prison terms for anyone in a same-sex union and 10 years for anyone who "promotes" homosexuality, including HIV/AIDS workers. In February,

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