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May
08

Plead

South Africa has the most progressive constitution in the world, so they say, which protects all people against discrimination. It is ironic that some British (by the way, gay) couples get married in Africa. This is not the whole story of Africa, however. Gay activist Juliet Victor Mukasa, chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda, says “Lesbians and gays, all sexual minorities, have been excluded from the national AIDS policy, and there’s just death, we’re just dying off, of HIV and AIDS.” In Kenya two separate penal codes relate to the gays and the archaic laws can lead to a 5 to 14 year jail term for homosexuality. “Amongst traditional Kenyan people, it was unheard of,” says Pastor Kuchio. He believes the practice must have been imported into Kenya. Gay community’s monthly party now gets police protection. But mention something as fundamental as a gay pride march and it is met with laughs. CNN has a story about this.

And also do check out this interesting blogs: Rants and raves of a Kenyan gay man and Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violance

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