In this video, Guardian Films travels to Mombasa, Kenya to hear from Melvin, a male prostitute who risks his life to support his eight-year-old sister. His parents died of HIV when he was 19. After being kicked out of his grandfather’s home, he moved to Mombasa with his younger sister. He works as a male prostitute to support the family.
This is the first film in the Poverty Over series looking at the root causes of poverty, in this case discrimination based on sexual orientation. Melvin’s struggle against discrimination impacts everything including his ability to access HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services.
The film walks through the February 2010 mob attack on a clinic that provided HIV/AIDS treatment for men who have sex with men after religious and political leaders encouraged the public to protest.
Denis Nzioka from Gay Kenya (GALCK) provides a detailed analysis of the broader public health impact of discrimination: "15.2% of all new HIV infections actually occur between men who have sex with men. 60% of those men who have sex with men are in heterosexual relationships meaning pretty much every year 10,000 women will get infected with HIV."
Rev. Michael Kimindu was also interviewed about Other Sheep’s work from inside the church to fight discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Kenya.