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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.

Does KENYA recognize your same-sex marriage from another country?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

No (100%) Yes, but as an unequal civil union (0 %) Yes, but as an equal civil union (0 %) 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.

MOVEMENT
How structured and active is the LGBTI movement in your country?
How structured and active is the LGBTI movement in your country?
The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya - GALCK is registered Trust (“Kenya Gay and Lesbian Trust”) and was established in May 2006. GALCK acts as an umbrella body for LGBTI organizations in Kenya. It currently consists of five LGBTI organizations; “Minority Women in Action”, “Ishtar MSM”, “TOMIK” Transgender Education and Advocacy - TEA, and “Gay Kenya”. Up to 6 organizations from across major towns in Kenya who have applied for membership and will be admitted soon.

The vision of GALCK is a safe and enabling environment for LGBTI organizations and individuals in Kenya. The mission of GALCK is to promote recognition, acceptance and defend the interests and rights of LGBTI organizations and their members.

Through support from Norwegian Development Aid - NORAD, GALCK set up a community centre, which contains offices for the 5 member organizations, a drop-in centre and counselling room for use during HIV Testing and Counselling services. These offices have served as a unique starting point for mobilizing the LGBTI community in the whole country, and presence has now been established in three of the major cities in Kenya. Going forward, GALCK hopes to build and consolidate a nation-wide movement to effectively represent the needs of the entire LGBTI community in Kenya but also offer coordinated advocacy services across the country.

GALCK has also partnered with several mainstream human rights organizations in the country including Kenya Human Rights Commission - KHRC, who provide legal support during cases of police arrests and detention. Moreover health services are provided to the community through partnership with Liverpool VCT, care and Treatment, who offer HIV testing, care and treatment to our members.

The model of GALCK’s expansion of its activities in the country is through partnership with friendly organizations, who by so doing provide LGBTI activists a “foot in the door” opportunity to work with new populations in different parts of Kenya. Any new partner always comes brings in an opportunity to reach someone new with our message and is always welcome.

The challenges of movement building however are numerous, hence the need for not just finances but also technical assistance from seasoned activists with experience in activism from other parts of the world. Further details are available on the GALCK’s website: www.galck.org
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