Category gay news

Notes on ensuing gay-panic

Just when things wouldn’t get worse (see my previous post on the Ian Castleman case), several websites including one belonging to The Star newspaper are reporting about a pornography “syndicate” operating from Kwale in Kenya’s coastal region. Many of the websites that have picked up the story, including The Star, conflate child pornography and adult […]

The Decriminalization Case that Kenyan LGB Activists haven’t been waiting for

Trigger Warning: this article mentions and minimally describes acts of violence. Please consider this TW while sharing Ian Castleman was arrested and charged in September 2012 for having sex with two residents at his orphanage in Elburgon, Nakuru County. It is unclear whether the residents, both of whom are male, were above the age of […]

Thoughts on Queer Space and IDAHOT 2012

I attended the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia event in Nairobi, held at the GoDown Arts Centre and was there before it even started at 2 PM! On of the main reasons I was so excited about going was that I look forward to any opportunity where I might get the chance to be […]

hypocrisy and its conveniences

A few days ago John Cardinal Njue raised concerns over the morality of the Willy Mutunga and Nancy Baraza and urged the Parliamentary Committee vetting the two to raise the issue when questioning the two nominees. Capital FM, as if on cue, reports on two cases of abuse by Catholic priests on two boys in […]

Queering Earrings and Doctoral Theses

Once upon a time, sagging of pants and wearing earrings were thought to signify deviant sexualities and sexualized identities outside what was considered the norm. Though the stereotyping of gay men as being earring wearing pant sagging deviants has certainly lost its urgency over the years, it can still be potent if invoked at the […]

“homosexuality” in Kenyan high schools and other stories

There are many narratives that surround the figure of the lesbian in Kenya’s society. There are the two girls who are always kissing and always willing to involve a heterosexual man into their trysts, a curious pointer to the objectification of women and male fantasy with equating masculinity with easy lay and satisfying “lesbian” women. […]

Fuck that shit, Daily Nation!

I have generally kept off the news about David Kato’s death, followed by a sham investigation, BS analysis and the fact that his murder is being used in a myriad of ways and to achieve wide ranging selfish gains. The analysis around David’s killing has kept off assessing activism in East Africa and has largely […]

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