Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Remember those gays and lesbians who there aren't any of in Africa?

Missed this when it was posted January 25th -- a report from the Nairobi World Social Forum posted on -- but thought it was timely anyway, what with the focus increasingly on Tanzania and all.

Kenya: Gays And Lesbians Step Out to Demand Rights

[Nairobi] A new phenomenon is gaining currency in the country: Lesbians, gays and transsexuals are coming out openly to demand their rights.

The group stole the show at the World Social Forum which ended at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, yesterday with their stand being a crowd puller.

University of Nairobi law student Judith Ngunjiri who confessed to being a lesbian at the world Social Forum.

Lesbians, gays and transsexuals who have been going on with their lifestyles secretly joined colleagues from other parts of the world in publicly declaring they were not ashamed of their situation. In fact it was only at their stand, adjacent to Gate 7, where visitors were offered free tea and cookies before being invited for "lessons on lesbianism, gay relationships and transsexuals."

There were also "counselling" lessons, workshops and free pamphlets. Through their Gay and Lesbians Coalition, most of the members wore black T-shirts inscribed "We are here, we are queer and we are proud".

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