LGBTIQ Rights in Kenya: On Artivism and Social Change

Author
Deborah P. Amory
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Abstract
The struggle for LGBTIQ rights in Kenya provides a unique and fascinating case study of the powerful social change taking place right now. On May 24, 2019, the High Court of Kenya will rule on whether to decriminalize same-sex relationships, which are currently punishable by up to fourteen years in prison. The court was originally scheduled to decide this case in February but delayed the ruling, citing mounds of documents that had still not been read. Activists pointed out that judges had already had several years to read the documents, and some worried that the delay was a sign of government interference with the judicial process.
Topic
Social Movement, Political Activism, Courts, LGBT+
Political Geography
Kenya, Africa