Kenya May Decriminalize Gay Sex Next Year

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Nairobi, Kenya

Kenyan citizens can be charged with up to 14 years in prison if they’re convicted of having consensual gay sex.

But the law may be voted out on February 22, 2019 at the Kenya High Court in Nairobi. The law isn’t currently enforced, according to 76crimes, but activist groups are saying the law promotes discrimination and anti-LGBT attitudes in Kenyans.

One of these organizations, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), is testing the constitutionality of this law.

“These colonial legacy laws undermine LGBT people’s fundamental rights as enshrined in our Constitution and ostracize them from society, causing misery and isolation, and devastating their lives,” Njeri Gateru, executive director of NGLHRC said in a press release.

The NGLHRC also has a history of wins for the LGBT community, and helps aid in violation cases against LGBT people including murder, sexual assault and mob violence.


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