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January 29, 2013

LGBTI Security

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LGBTI Security.

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January 28, 2013

The Awakening of the Kenyan Movement

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Faced with an election campaign period that according to many security reports promises to be violent; the threat of the passing of the anti-homosexuality bill in neighboring Uganda which will see the influx of LGBTI refugees into the country; and an increased visibility prompted by growing debate on sexual and gender minority rights discourse, Kenyan LGBTI activists and organizations are rolling up their sleeves and seemingly taking responsibility for the protection of their constituents all in the absence of a functioning national coordinating body.
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January 25, 2013

Homosexuality In Africa | OSUN DEFENDER

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http://www.osundefender.org/?p=89194

January 2, 2013

Q-Zine Call for Submissions: Special Issue on LGBTI “Others”

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue on LGBTI “Others”

We are used to thinking of ourselves as a marginalized group, and for good reason. We’ve had to struggle against ignorance and prejudice for every inch of social and political space we’ve achieved, and there is still a long way to go.

But are there groups that are marginalized within LGBTI culture too? Do bisexuals get the respect they deserve from gay men? Are lesbians’ feminist and other concerns taken seriously? Do “fem” gay men have as much of a voice in the move- ment as “straight-acting” ones? Do LGBTI people with disabilities, or “oldies,” or “fatties” get a fair deal? Are poor or rural LGBTI people neglected in favour of the urban elites? Are those from minority ethnic and religious groupings seen as not belonging?

Are transsexuals dissed by some of us, or seen as “freaks,” or laughed at because they “don’t know what they are?” Is their right to have a voice of their own, one that challenges some of our cherished assumptions about sexual identity, fully respected? Is anyone ready to really listen to the intersexed and include them fully in the movement?

For years we have been adding letters to our collective acronym, but is the move- ment in Africa still dominated by gay men? Are the rest of us included in the ever- expanding LGBTQIAA(….) label mainly for the sake of political correctness?

Issue 7 of Q-zine, Africa’s only magazine of LGBTI arts and culture, invites your contributions on these and any other questions on marginalization within the African LGBTI community – and what to do about it – for our upcoming special issue on LGBTI “others.”

We welcome essays, memoirs, reviews, poetry, short stories, photography, and art on any aspect of the experience of LGBTI Africans who have felt “othered” or mar- ginalized by our own community or who have struggled to understand the special identities of others.

Contributions should be emailed to the co-editors at:

jackson.otieno@gmail.com or mkonommoja@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions

Feb 15, 2013

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December 31, 2012

We can do better in 2013

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Twenty twelve has been a year of discovery, assessment, realignments and most importantly a realization that we are all in this together as a people.

We have managed to breakdown walls that we unconsciously created in our various attempts at movement building. We have been able to speak freely of what we think is not working but have unfortunately not been able to act on what we think works.

As we go into 2013, my personal vision is to see a more collaborative effort in the good fight for equality and full recognition
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December 28, 2012

Taking it in the chin.. Dusting off. . And blood spit!!!

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Of all my years on this earth, i have to say that 2012, or atleast the second half of it, has been the most challenging, exciting and meaningful period. I found real meaning for my being in existence. I have been granted opportunities to apply courage, wisdom and serenity in this quest for conformity and acceptance; rebelion and agency. I have been challenged with responsibilities that i have taken in stride, Perfomed to the best of my ability all times.

Many times my best hasnt been enough to satisfy everyone. Actually, i have never been able to satisfy everyone.
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September 7, 2012

I AM MARY: Documentary Film

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On the 5th of September 2012, AFRA-Kenya officially launched a documentary film that can easily be described as the first of its kind. The screening of “I AM MARY” was done at the Inter News offices, I & M towers in Nairobi.

I AM MARY is the story of Mary, a Lesbian woman who volunteers with one of the GALCK member groups, Minority Women in Action (MWA) and an active participant in the fight for human rights for LGBTI persons in Kenya. I encourage everyone to keep an ear out for subsequent screenings of this novel documentary that will be announced in various websites and social networks including those of AFRA-KENYA and GALCK. You can also take a peek at IDENTITY KENYA’S interview with Mary.

Background of “I AM MARY” Documentary film.

Marys story has been known but never been told, at least not in the way AFRA did. Kate Qamunde, who belted out songs from her selling album, “Woman Lover” at different intervals during the event, told the audience of how AFRAs intention was to contribute to the “minimal evidence available” that had locked out Women who have sex with women (WSW) in HIV/AIDS intervention programming at government, NGO and even in international donor funding. The main reason given was that the only sexual and gender minorities that featured under most at risk populations (MARPs) were men who have sex with men (MSM),  gay and bisexual men.

She said that their initial approach was a qualitative survey conducted all over the country that sought evidence of the number of Lesbian Identifying women who had sex with men, both gay and straight putting themselves at risk; it also sought to enumerate how many Lesbian and bisexual women had been raped by men (many lesbian and bisexual women have been tortured in a “corrective rape”). Their search for advice led them to Lorna Dias who runs the MSM programme at Liverpool VCT, Care and Treatment (LVCT) who pointed out to them that the survey would not be able to deliver the impact this issue needed. “Lorna advised us to do a documentary.” Kate said. It was more feasible to document stories.

AFRA approached Internews who have been working with the gay community in Kenya in many media related projects, to see if they can help in that regard. Lucky enough Internews was carrying out training at the same time and suggested that AFRA Members be part of that.

During the training, they set out to identify stories to document. Kate remembered the story of someone she had shared a room with at a recent conference. She floated the “story” to the newly trained AFRA –Kenya production team which included Maks , Kare, Rose, Immah, Geinah and herself which was working with the Internews team. Everyone immediately knew that this was the story needed for that particular cause.  Mary was approached and her willingness to tell her story through this project set the team in motion. Kate says that they brought in Mary to be part of the training so that she could familiarize herself and be comfortable with the production team and anyone else who will be part of the production process.

Out of this training, the production team of “I AM MARY” was imparted with the skills to make it possible. Internews brought in Coetzee Zeitsman, a film production expert from SA, who gave the AFRA team a more hands on and on-the-job training.

The documentary film is about eight minutes long and doesn’t feature all the people interviewed.

The 8 minutes however, are perhaps the most powerful viewing experience I have ever had. All the bad things that can happen to a woman in a Kenyan health & wellbeing context have happened to Mary, yet this remains a story of hope! Hope derived from the love and support of her son, her friends, her faith and more so her courage and strength. What Mary demonstrates is ability to fight the intolerance, discrimination and stigma and come out victorious.

During the well attended screening at Internews, tweeter tags,   #iammary  and  #khug  were used to popularize the story.


July 31, 2012

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May 26, 2012

IT’S ABOUT WHO YOU LOVE, NOT WHO YOU SLEEP WITH

While still in school, I once asked my Paleoanthropology professor why it was compulsory to take that unit at third year level even if you never intend to venture into that field of study. (For those who don’t know, Paleoanthropology is a field of study that deals with human pre-history; looking at evidence and explaining chronological human evolution from its link with the larger primate community. Just think of Louis Leakey and you will get it).
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