Kenya celebrates positive contributions of LGBT people
Human rights groups in Kenya have joined together to celebrate the positive contributions of LGBT people and their allies to Kenyan society
15 December 2012| By Andrew Potts
Kenya’s Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and National Gay and Lesbian Rights Commission (NGLHRC) have launched an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the contributions of LGBT people to Kenyan society and to celebrate allies of the LGBT community in Kenya.
The launch of the awards was to take place today at Nairobi’s Charter Hall and would also honour pro-LGBT employers and journalists who dealt with LGBT issues in a fair and balanced manner.
‘The KHRC and NGLHRC are committed to promote dialogue on sexual and gender diversity and to advance the full participation, equality and inclusion of LGBTIQ individuals in the Kenyan society,’ an invite for the event read.
‘This is in pursuit of the national values of human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non discrimination and protection of the marginalized as articulated in article 10 of the Constitution of Kenya.
‘We reaffirm that the agenda of sexual rights is not about creating “new” rights, but rather acknowledging that people have same rights. This includes the right to sexual orientation and gender identity and to participate and be recognised in the economic, social and political life of their community with and beyond their sexual identities and preferences.’