Saturday, July 04, 2009

end the war on love

Sections 162 to 165 of the Kenyan Penal Code criminalize homosexual behaviour and attempted homosexual behaviour between men, which is referred to as "carnal knowledge against the order of nature". The penalty is 5 to 14 years' imprisonment. The age of consent is 16. Lesbian relations are not prohibited in the law.
Wikipedia | LGBT Rights in Kenya

In the wider scheme of things, I don't exist. The Kenyan gay man is a myth and you may never meet one in your lifetime. However, I, and many others like me do exist; just not openly. I know it's anonymous and thus contradicts the essence of what I am aiming to do. But if it does inform, educate, and demystify the Kenyan gay man, then the purpose is served.
Rants and Raves of a Kenyan Gay Man

Homosexuality has been referred to as "carnal knowledge of another against the order of nature" by the Ugandan government.
Penal Code Act 1950 (revised)
§ 145 (sexually neutral)
“Any person who— (a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; (b) has carnal knowledge of an animal; or (c) permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.”
Wikipedia | LGBT Rights in Uganda

Of course we hope that what happens does not come home to us. There are many who are very willing to jump on the bandwagon and abuse us. And our community is saturated with awareness of our sexuality. But they are blind. They just do not see us. A ‘homo’, the kind that Ssempa and Co talk about, has horns, a tail wrapped behind dark black, light-eating robes, wicked eyes and eye teeth, ready to bite and suck blood and ‘recruit’.

That serves us very well. We are too human to approximate to the stereotypes.
Gay Uganda

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