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July 7, 2014

60 people were arrested by Kenyan police during a raid on popular night spot Club Envy over the weekend – though it remains to be seen what charges can be laid against them

60 people spent the night in Kenyan police cells over the weekend after Nairobi Police raided popular night club Club Envy for serving LGBTI people.

Ghafla.co.ke reports the raid was not to do with the club breaking opening hours rules to do with the service of alcohol but because suspected homosexuals frequented the club.

February 18, 2014

Camp in Kenya is no safe haven for LGBTI refugees, say men who have fled again after attacks and death threats

Gays fleeing Uganda are facing attacks and even murder in a refugee camp in Kenya.

That’s according to a group of men who contacted Gay Star News to plead for help from the international community.

They were all at the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya – a desolate site whose name translates as ‘nowhere’ in Swahili.

When there they say they faced attack and death threats. One of their gay friends dropped dead in front of them – they believe he was poisoned.

February 11, 2014

Kenyan LGBTIs have held a protest action in solidarity with their Ugandan brothers and sisters – calling on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissuade Uganda from passing a law which could see people jailed for life for being gay

Kenyan LGBTI rights activists protested outside the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi on Monday to stand in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTI community as their Parliament again prepares to consider draconian legislation to further criminalize homosexuality.

December 9, 2013

Gay Asylum UK says Ugandan Prossie N was sexually abused by her uncle from childhood and forced onto the streets when people discovered she is a lesbian

The UK has set a date to deport a lesbian asylum seeker back to Uganda – the country she fled after years of sexual abuse and persecution.

Prossie N previously resisted deportation guards so strongly the Ethiopian Airlines pilot of the flight she was put on from Britain to Uganda refused to take her.

But now the UK Border Agency is trying to deport her again on a Kenya Airways flight leaving the country on 12 December and taking her to Uganda via the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

November 26, 2013

Man is calling on the Kenyan government to protect LGBTI people far beyond their HIV/AIDS response

A straight Kenyan man has paid tribute to his gay friend in a moving blog post.

The author spoke of how his friend Georgie had committed suicide a few years ago, ‘[succumbing to] the lamentable lacerations that society seared on his soul’.

Georgie was infamous at a bar near his home in Nairobi, where he liked to hang out rather than going a little further to a gay-friendly pub.

His sexuality was well known, having confessed to his friends too many times after binge drinking.

November 4, 2013

Pro-LGBTI Christian pastors say homophobia goes against God’s love. Gay-friendly church services start in Nairobi

Christian leaders in Kenya have launched a movement to champion gay rights.

The pastors say some religious people have ‘gone against God’s love by condemning gays’.

And one church has now put a rainbow flag above its door and is inviting LGBTI people to come and experience ‘liberated worship’.

Reverend Michael Kimindu, president of the Kenya chapter of United Coalition of Affirming Africans, vowed his new group of over 50 pastors would fight for gay rights.

October 1, 2013

The victim known only as J.J is believed to be recuperating well after the traumatic episode

A gay man who survived the Kenya shooting is recuperating well after his traumatic episode.

The victim, known only as J.J, was trapped at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 69 people were murdered in a four-day terrorist massacre.

Two gay men were confirmed to be among the dead. At least 200 people were injured.

September 24, 2013

Nearly 70 people have been killed, including two gay men, in the Nairobi shopping mall massacre

The fate of the gay man trapped in a Kenya shopping mall after a terror attack is still unknown.

As of 1pm (Kenya time), the man known as ‘JJ’ is still believed to be trapped inside Westgate after a militant siege in Nairobi.

Two gay men are also confirmed to be among at least 69 murdered in the terrorist massacre.

More then 170 people have been injured, with the numbers expected to rise as the situation develops.

September 23, 2013

Nearly 70 people have been killed, including foreign nationals, in the Nairobi shopping mall shooting

Two gay men are among at least 69 murdered in the Kenya terrorist massacre.

Another is believed to be one of the 10 still being kept hostage in the Nairobi shopping mall.

More then 170 people have been injured, with the numbers expected to rise as the situation continues.

The attack began at about 12pm local time on Saturday (21 September), when the militants entered the Westgate mall throwing grenades and firing automatic weapons.

A children’s day was being held at the time.

September 23, 2013

Nearly 70 people have been killed, including foreign nationals, in the Nairobi shopping mall shooting

Two gay men are among at least 69 murdered in the Kenya terrorist massacre.

Another is believed to be one of the 10 still being kept hostage in the Nairobi shopping mall.

More then 170 people have been injured, with the numbers expected to rise as the situation continues.

The attack began at about 12pm local time on Saturday (21 September), when the militants entered the Westgate mall throwing grenades and firing automatic weapons.

A children’s day was being held at the time.

September 2, 2013

Anglicans who are opposed to gay people being ordained as clergy will meet in Nairobi in October for a second Global Anglican Future Conference five years after the first in Jerusalem

The conservative anti-gay faction within the Global Anglican Communion will meet for the second time in five years for a second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) but say they are not yet ready to split to form their own church.

‘It is now ten years since the Episcopal Church of the United States consecrated Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, despite the fact that he had left his wife and family and then later entered into a sexual relationship with a man,’ GAFCON chair and Primate of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said.

July 17, 2013

One man dies from attacks. Group points to fallout from discredited study on gays and blames religious extremists for whipping up hatred

Gay men have been slashed with machetes and beaten with hammers in a series of hate attacks in Kenya which have already claimed at least one life.

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) has released a report detailing  a growing number of violent acts against gays in recent weeks and is calling on government to help.

The report urges the repeal of laws criminalizing adult consensual same-sex conduct and the enforcement of laws protecting gays from discrimination, harassment and violence.

July 17, 2013

One man dies from attacks. Group points to fallout from discredited study on gays and blames religious extremists for whipping up hatred

Gay men have been slashed with machetes and beaten with hammers in a series of hate attacks in Kenya which have already claimed at least one life.

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) has released a report detailing  a growing number of violent acts against gays in recent weeks and is calling on government to help.

The report urges the repeal of laws criminalizing adult consensual same-sex conduct and the enforcement of laws protecting gays from discrimination, harassment and violence.

May 17, 2013

Police stop LGBT community from holding procession aimed at stopping homosexuality being a criminal offence

Police in Kenya have stopped people marching through the capital Nairobi today (17 May) to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

A permit had been issued to allow Kenyan LGBTs and supporters to procession.

But this morning police withdrew the permit just as the event was about to start on Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park.

Julie Jules, Out in Kenya community leader, told Gay Star News: ‘Basically the police stopped the procession because we would be seen to be "promoting homosexuality".

May 8, 2013

Man is accused of luring gay men online with the promise of a date and then threatening to expose or hurt them if they did not give him money

Kenyan police have arrested a man accused of blackmailing gay men.

On Monday (6 May), suspect Hillary Oleshawa was arrested in a Nairobi downtown bar following a tip off from local gay activists.

He is accused of luring unsuspecting gay men on the promise of a date online, abducting them and extorting money and property.

By threatening to reveal their sexuality to their friends and family, he allegedly forced his victims to give him money in exchange for their freedom.

January 3, 2013

Nairobi police are urging gay people to come forward to aid investigations of a group known for extorting, and sometimes raping, gay men and women

Police have promised to arrest the ringleaders of a notorious gang which targets closeted gay men for extortion, blackmail and rape.

Speaking to gay activists, Nairobi police officer Akello Odhiambo is urging any gay person who has fell victim to the blackmail ring to come forward and aid investigations.

December 15, 2012

Human rights groups in Kenya have joined together to celebrate the positive contributions of LGBT people and their allies to Kenyan society

Kenya’s Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and National Gay and Lesbian Rights Commission (NGLHRC) have launched an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the contributions of LGBT people to Kenyan society and to celebrate allies of the LGBT community in Kenya.

The launch of the awards was to take place today at Nairobi’s Charter Hall and would also honour pro-LGBT employers and journalists who dealt with LGBT issues in a fair and balanced manner.

December 5, 2012

'I think it is totally unjust'

Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is speaking out against Uganda's so-called 'Kill the Gays Bill' which could be voted on any time by the country's Parliament.

'I am opposed to discrimination, that is unfair discrimination,' Tutu said this week in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is attending a meeting of the All Africa Conference of Churches.

Tutu is the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and became a hero as a leader in the anti-apartheid movement in that country. In more recent years, he has been a leading pro-gay voice across Africa.

September 11, 2012

GSN interviews openly gay candidate, David Kuria, who will be running for the position of Senator in 2013, at Kenya’s Kiambu County

David Kuria, an openly gay man, will be facing an election on March, 2013 for the position of Senator of Kenya’s Kiambu County.

Kuria was the co-founder and general manager of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), and intends to use this experience for the advantage of his electorate.

This is exceptional in a country where sexual acts between men are illegal under the Kenyan statutes and carry a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.

September 3, 2012

A report published by a Kenya LGBT portal sheds light on how police officers routinely extort and blackmail gay men in Nairobi

An investigative report published today by Identity Kenya magazine present findings that Nairobi police officers routinely target gays, bisexual and closeted married men for extortion.

Sexual acts between men are illegal under Kenyan statutes and carry a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.

August 21, 2012

Two men assault three women who spent the night in the same bed after saying they wanted to 'teach them a lesson' for acting like men

Three lesbian women were brutally assaulted and sexually molested in downtown Nariobi, the capital of Kenya.

Identity Kenya reported and independently verified the three women spent the night together in the same bed and were attacked by two men last Thursday (16 August).

The assailants, known as ‘Herb’ working at a local bar, and ‘Blacki’, a khat (stimulant drug) dealer reportedly knew the women.

August 21, 2012

Two men assault three women who spent the night in the same bed after saying they wanted to 'teach them a lesson' for acting like men

Three lesbian women were brutally assaulted and sexually molested in downtown Nariobi, the capital of Kenya.

Identity Kenya reported and independently verified the three women spent the night together in the same bed and were attacked by two men last Thursday (16 August).

The assailants, known as ‘Herb’ working at a local bar, and ‘Blacki’, a khat (stimulant drug) dealer reportedly knew the women.

August 1, 2012

Catholic bishops blast $4.2 billion drive to improve family planning services, saying they are losing 'traditional African values'

Kenyan Catholic bishops are saying they will oppose any efforts to recognize ‘new teachings’ such as same-sex marriage and contraception.

The comments come after a newspaper article reported the African country is one of the countries signed up to a new $4.2 billion (£2.68b, €3.11b) drive to promote family planning services, as reported by LGBT portal Identity Kenya.

July 27, 2012

David Kuria wants to legalize homosexuality and be known as the 'HIV politician'

The first openly gay politician in Kenya will be seeking a senate seat in elections next year.

David Kuria, 38, will be aiming to represent his home county of Kiambu, close to the capital of Nairobi, in the March 2013 vote.

After passing a new constitution in 2010, Kenyans are seeking a new crop of leaders for the 49 counties that make up the African country.