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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.

CAMPAIGN
What is the most pressing issue that needs to be addressed in your country?
What’s the most pressing campaign in your country?
Kenya like most African countries, political leadership, determined sometimes solely by the character of the Head of State, shapes the direction of popular opinion and political/legal interventions.

The current president whose term expires in three years time, has never publicly issued statements relating to the LGBTI community in Kenya. That has had the consequence of creating a comparatively less hostile environment, and has also provided an opportunity for organizing by LGBTI rights activists. This window of opportunity however may soon be closing down, especially because the likely replacement candidates are not so ambivalent to the LGBTI rights issue - and not in a friendly way.

As such then the most urgent issue for GALCK and the movement in Kenya today is expansion to major cities in the country, and consolidation by way of deepening the movement’s reach and impact. This calls not just for financial support (which is absolutely critical), but also Technical support. The major campaign then right now is for the strengthening of the movement, deepening its roots in the cities where present, but also reaching out to other parts of the country.

When a new political dispensation eventually comes, it will not only find it difficult squash the movement, but also and more especially when the state machinery begins to be employed to arrest and torture the movement’s leadership, there will always a ready crop of new leaders to keep it going. LGBTI rights will therefore be realized eventually, but for now, it is of utmost urgency that the movement is build and consolidated in most parts of the country.
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