Category Kenya

High Court issues landmark decision on the NGLHRC’s right to register

After many delays, the High Court finally issued its decision on the right of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) to register, a decision that could have important ramifications on future endeavours to decriminalise homosexuality via the courts. The full text of the decision isn’t out yet but considering how far-reaching this […]

Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party stands in solidarity with the Kenyan people in the wake of Garissa University Attacks

In the shock, confusion and numbness in the wake of the Garissa University College attack, someone posted this statement by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) which stands in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the attack as well as with the Kenyan people in general. The HDP, known in Turkey as the Halkların Demokratik […]

Citizen TV feature mischaracterizes abuse and exploitation with homosexuality

TW: This post as well as an embedded video contain descriptions of sexual violence. Please consider this TW before sharing the post or the video. Pristine beaches, the blue sea, casual wapwani… this is the (rather orientalist) oeuvre many viewers of Kenyan TV get to see in most news features about the coastal region. It’s […]

Homosexuality, sex tourism and moral policing of the local/tourist divide

Just after posting this blog chronicling the ongoing case against two men charged in connection to the Diani gay pornography scandal, I came across this article by The Star newspaper which carried comments by the Governor of Kwale County regarding the issue. Speaking in Ukunda, Governor Mvurya stated that “much as we welcome tourists to […]

After the gay porn scandal, arrest and torture of innocents

A gay pornography scandal in the coastal town of Diani a few weeks ago saw house-to-house raids targeting ‘suspected’ homosexuals which led to the arrests of two men. The men have so far been charged under Section 162 of the Penal Code. As reported in my previous post, there are indications that at least one […]

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 […]

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