Kenya court postpones ruling on anti-gay laws to May 24

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) | A Kenyan court has postponed a ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships.

Justice Chaacha Mwita of the High Court said Feb. 22 the ruling will not be made until May 24 because some judges had been busy.

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US ‘troubled’ by anti-LGBTI crackdown in Tanzania

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Nov. 9 said the U.S. is “troubled” by the Tanzanian government’s anti-LGBTI crackdown.

“The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation and discrimination,” she said in a statement. “We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and others who seek to exercise their rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly. Legislation is being used to restrict civil liberties for all.”

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Ban on film depicting women’s love story to resume in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) | The first Kenyan feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival has gotten overwhelming audience support since a court temporarily lifted a ban imposed by censors over the film’s gay content, a lawyer said Friday.

“Rafiki” went from being screened once a day in one theater in Nairobi on Sept. 22 to three daily screenings at theaters in three of Kenya’s largest cities as of Sept. 28, attorney Sofia Leteipan said.

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Activists in Commonwealth countries respond to India sodomy law ruling

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Activists in Commonwealth nations with whom the Washington Blade spoke this week said it remains unclear whether last week’s landmark India Supreme Court ruling that struck down the country’s colonial-era sodomy law will bolster efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in their own countries.

Maurice Tomlinson is a senior policy analysist with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network who is challenging Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law. He also represents three LGBTI Barbadians who are challenging a similar statute in their country.

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Kenya bans 1st Cannes-bound feature film over ‘lesbianism’

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya has banned its first feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing it of having “clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law.”

Director Wanuri Kahiu said she is “incredibly sorry” to confirm the ban of “Rafiki,” or “Friend” in Swahili, by the Kenya Film Classification Board. Her film depicts a love story between two women.

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Kenya male lions seen in intimate act; bonding, experts say

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Recent photos taken in a Kenyan wildlife area show a rare sight: a male lion mounting another male lion in what resembles a sexual act but is possibly a way of showing dominance.

The spectacle of two wild male lions in such intimacy was also observed in Botswana last year and has sometimes been interpreted as homosexual behavior, though lion experts say it is a relatively uncommon form of bonding or social interaction.

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Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic drug to fight HIV

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said June 28.

Kenya’s government and the global health initiative Unitaid announced that the East African nation will make the generic version of Dolutegravir available for routine use. They said Nigeria and Uganda will introduce the drug later this year.

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Obama pushes African nations to treat gays equally under law

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. Obama’s Kenyan counterpart responded by calling the matter a “non-issue” for his country.

Obama tackled the sensitive matter on his first full day in Kenya, the country of his father’s birth. He drew on his own background as an African-American, noting the slavery and segregation of the U.S. past and saying he is “painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law.”

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Anti-gay protest featuring 5,000 naked people for Obama

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Nothing says warm welcome like a bunch of naked protesters.

An anti-gay political party in Kenya has vowed to let it all hang out as a personal greeting to President Obama, who will be visiting June 22-23, according to USA Today.  

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Low turnout marks anti-gay demonstration in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A demonstration against homosexuality in Kenya fizzled July 6 after attracting only a handful of protesters.

The demonstration by about 35 people was called by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and timed to coincide with the visit later this month of U.S. President Barack Obama. The group is calling on Obama not to advocate for gay rights during his visit to Africa July 24-28.

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Kenyan court orders government to register gay rights group

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Nairobi, Kenya (AP) – Kenyan judges on April 27 ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country’s gay people.

The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three judges of the High Court said in their ruling. The Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board had refused to register the rights group on religious and moral grounds.

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