Being LGBT in Kenya

Friday, June 27, 2014

rainbow flag, LGBT, gay pride, pride (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

"Ken" is an activist working to advance the rights of LGBT people in rural communities and refugee camps in northern Kenya. He's supported by the American Jewish World Service. For security reasons, we can't use his full name or the name of his advocacy group here. Ken talks about the threats against the LGBT community in rural Kenya.


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Comments [10]

Kendra from the Desk from nyc

....right, so just because there are no "tiles" and no "wells" it's ok to kill people for being openly gay and we shouldn't ever discuss these atrocities...I get it now.

Jun. 27 2014 11:58 AM
PJ from Bk

Africa and Africans could be burning BL could care less. Of ALL the things that are important to Africans, homosexuals and homosexuality isn't one of them. It's important to BL obviously. To what end?

Jun. 27 2014 11:46 AM
john from office

So we don't have a water well, but we have gay rights!! GREAT!!

Can we invent the floor and roof tiles first, before worrying about gay rights??

Jun. 27 2014 11:42 AM
Kendra from nyc

pivotal human rights discussion!
I think I would go crazy if I had to play these identity tactics daily.

Jun. 27 2014 11:33 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Does the guest know anything about the pre-colonial regard for gays in Kenya?

Jun. 27 2014 11:27 AM
John from office

Steve I refer you to my ealier comment to Ed. Brian is obsessed with the LBTG/Gay issue.

Jun. 27 2014 10:22 AM
Steve from NYC

Kenya is home to one of the world’s harshest HIV and AIDS epidemics. An estimated 1.6 million people are living with HIV, around 1.1 million children have been orphaned by AIDS and in 2011 nearly 62,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.

A country of 43 million, with 15% of the kids under 5 malnourished.

A country where the unequal distribution of wealth means that even by Kenya standards 50% of the population lives in poverty.

A country where religious discrimination leads to deaths at an unprecedented scale.

And what does Brian find absolutely CRITICAL to talk about? He can't go 5 minutes without talking about wealth distribution here in the US, but because it's all the way over _there_, he needs to talk about being LGBT etc. Because that's important.

I love this show, but come on man.

Jun. 27 2014 10:09 AM
john from office

Ed!!, this is the daily LBTG/Gay segment!! Not the religious segment, that one is bi-annual. We will not be fulfilled nor swayed, unless we are fed our daily LBTG/Gay segment.

Next will be the victimized black community segment.

Jun. 27 2014 09:39 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Given the persecution across north Africa, you should do a program on 'Being Catholic in Kenya'. It also would involve more people.

Jun. 27 2014 08:05 AM


Jun. 27 2014 08:04 AM

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