This week read about LGBT students in Kenya protesting boarding school bans, and a man found guilty of murdering a gay student in Sydney.
LGBT Students In Kenya Protest Boarding School Bans
A group of Kenyan LGBT students demonstrated against a Cabinet minister's recent request that they are excluded from residential schools on Thursday. In Kenya, these schools are prevalent, and students and rights groups argue that banning them would be discriminatory and jeopardize their safety.
According to the Voice of Africa, hundreds of outraged students marched through Nairobi's streets in a peaceful protest against Kenya's Ministry of Education.
They carried signs denouncing Cabinet Secretary for Education George Magoha's request that LGBT pupils be excluded from residential institutions.
"Because of the directive Magoha has given, I have two students who have reached out, one I am planning to start the journey of helping them tomorrow because she was already sent out of school. She has KCSE in March, she can’t go back because she will be told she is gay,” said one of the protesters, MaryLiz Biubwa.
Man Found Guilty of Murder of Gay Student
Scott White was arrested at his home on May 12, 2020. Photo via the NSW Police Force, Twitter.
More than 30 years after the corpse of Scott Johnson, a gay 27-year-old American mathematician, was discovered at the bottom of a Sydney cliff, the man accused of his murder was found guilty.
According to the New York Times, Scott White, 50, made a startling statement earlier this week that allowed the court to condemn him in the 1988 case, putting an end to his brother Steve Johnson's decades-long search for the perpetrators of his brother's killing.
“It’s over, finally,” Steve, an American tech entrepreneur, said. “This 33-year odyssey has come to a conclusion.”
White was charged with the murder of Scott in May 2020. White initially pled not guilty, but at a pretrial hearing on Monday, White got up and said, “Guilty, I'm guilty, guilty,'" according to Steve.