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KENYA

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
Adoption: No
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: No

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Have you been denied medical treatment in KENYA because of your sexual orientation?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

No (80%) Yes, the doctor told me I couldn’t be treated because of my sexual orientation (0 %) Yes, but without explanation (20%) Yes (0 %)

The KENYA country survey is populated by LGBTI groups who have acted as liaisons with ILGA to identify issues affecting the LGBTI community.

Organizations were asked to discuss 4 broad subjects: the law, the mood (the social climate), the LGBTI movement as well as what would be, according to them, the most pressing campaign in their country.

Please write to countryreport@ilga.org if you have comments regarding this page.

MOOD
What is the social climate like for LGBTI people in your country?
How is it like to be an LGBTI in schools?
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Are there programs against homophobia at schools?
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Are religious institutions actively campaigning against LGBTI rights?
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Are there religious institutions who welcome LGBTI people?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a gay person?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a lesbian?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a trans person?
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Is discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexual and trans very common in day to day life? Please specify differences between the various communities.

Though there is evidence to show that homosexuality has always existed among the Kenyan communities, and there are cultural practices that covertly induced homosexual activity during tribal initiation ceremonies, the current mood is heavily influenced by conservative religious attitudes. The common refrain that homosexuality is “unafrican” is indeed preposterous given this wealth of ethnographic findings available today.

The law and conservative religious leanings unite to form an extremely hostile environment for the LGBTI people in Kenyans. Because of the law, police and government authorities, have created a culture of extortion and blackmail against people who are known or suspected to be gay, they are also unwilling to give protection to LGBTI victims of physical and verbal abuse which are quite prevalent, and overtly encouraged by politicians.

As a result LGBT people in Kenya live deeply closeted lives, without recourse to justice and enjoyments of their rights and freedoms. In deed this must be seen in the context of the current situation where 15% (equivalent to 15,000 new cases), of new HIV infections in the country are among the MSM. The law continues to make it almost impossible to undertake HIV programming in large scale and certainly not through the use of popular mass media outlets. Religion, through its leadership especially continues to propagate a message of hate and homophobia, as a holy religious obligation for the faithful.

Yet the situation is slowly changing. The National Aids Control Council have since the foundation of GALCK, included activists in their planning activities. There are indeed leading medical practitioners who have insisted to all who can listen, that the situation will get worse unless there is a “policy” to deal with health programming in the country for MSM. Admittedly that does not go far enough, since anything short of decriminalization will only be cosmetic.

GALCK however, in partnership with its member organizations continue their advocacy and activism with a view of not just decriminalization of homosexuality, but also the enactment of anti-discrimination and protective laws for the LGBTI citizens of Kenya.
Is discrimination against gays,lesbians, bisexual and trans very common at work? Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Is hate speech common against gays,lesbians, bisexual and trans? Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Are episodes of violences very common against people in the gay community?
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Are episodes of violences very common against people in the lesbian community?
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Are episodes of violences very common against trans individuals?
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How are gays,lesbians,trans people portrayed in the media?
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