|Apinda Mpako, Pan Africa ILGA|
|Apinda Mpako, Pan Africa ILGA|
The Nominees for the first ever Gay and Lesbian Awards of Kenya (KeGALA) have been announced by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The Gay and Lesbian Awards is an annual event organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).
The nominees were picked from applications received during the nomination period that ended on December 1st by the Award Commiitee.
According to Eric Gitari from the NGLHRC, the nominees 'represent the diverse contributions and efforts currently in place to ensure LGBTIQ persons are recognized, respected and accorded their full menu of human rights.'
The awards aims to appreciate the contributions that LGBTIQ individuals, groups and allies have made to Kenyan society.
They also honor politicians, journalists, employers business leaders, journalists and religious leaders who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya.
The full list of the nominees is below:
THE GAY AND LESBIAN AWARDS – KeGALA 2012 NOMINEES LIST
SHUJAA – Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘impeccable track record of service to LGBTI human rights’
AFYA – LGBTI Health Provider Award for ‘demonstrable impact on LGBTI health, mental health, well-being, MSM, HIV and AIDS through quantity and quality of work’
UTUMISHI – LGBTI Community Organization Achievement Award for ‘service for and development of contemporary and creative measures for effective exercise of LGBTI persons’
SAUTI – Journalist Of The Year Award for ‘substantial, balanced reporting on LGBTI human rights issues in mainstream media’
DINI – Religion/Faith Award for ‘promotion of dialogue on faith, gender, sex, sexuality and Scripture/religious teachings’
MSAIDIZI – Civil Society/Corporate Ally Award for ‘Consistent, and in the long term, demonstrated dedication and commitment to the LGBTI human rights agenda’
‘SIMON MAMICHA’ AWARD for ‘greatest contribution in the fight against HIV among LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya’
TUKIO – Event of the Year Award for ‘A national LGBTIQ event that most significantly mobilizes LGBTIQ individuals to celebrate our culture, diversity and freedom, openly and strongly’
MWAJIRI – Employer of the Year Award for ‘employers that have been non-discriminating in hiring LGBTIQ individuals, and are creating an affirming and supportive work environment and promoting sexual diversity and LGBTIQ culture in the workforce’
BIASHARA - Business Leader of the Year Award for ‘businesses and business persons whose businesses have been most supportive of LGBTIQ individuals and groups as clients, staff and partners’
NGUZO – Pillar of Support Award for ‘financial investments and technical support has made the most significant contribution to the health, rights and wellbeing of LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya’
MWONGOZI - Politician/Public Servant Award for ‘political leaders/ politicians who have contributed significantly to promotion of equality and nondiscrimination of LGBTIQ individuals, including challenging negative cultural attitudes, protecting LGBTIQ individuals from maltreatment and/or initiating campaigns to fight homo/transphobia’
The awards ceremony will be held at Charterhall on Saturday, December 15th 2012 from 6-9pm.
The event is supported by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Identity Kenya which is the official media sponsor.
For regular updates and other details, check out #KeGALA on Twitter.