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Bollywood gay rom-com

Bollywood gay rom-com Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan opened in India Friday to 5-star reviews. However, both Kenya and the United Arab Emirates announced bans on screenings of the film. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan tells the story of a gay couple struggling to win acceptance from one set of parents. They refuse …

Kenyan HIgh Court, law reform

The Kenyan High Court today ruled that colonial-era laws criminalising same-sex relations are constitutional. Currently the laws allow for up to fourteen years jail for anal sex and five years for non-penetrative sex. The petitioners asked the court to declare the laws unconstitutional. In rejecting the petition, Justice Roselyne Aburili dismissed judgments in favour of …

Botswana lgbt homosexuality decriminalisation

By Andrew Novak, George Mason University Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in …

Kenyan lesbian film Rafiki

Acclaimed drama film Rafiki, banned in its native Kenya for its lesbian themes, is screening this month at the Brisbane International Film Festival. The film depicts the love that blossoms between characters Kena and Ziki, but the pair are forced to choose between their personal happiness and their safety in Kenya. Earlier this year, Rafiki …

Still from Kenyan lesbian drama Rafiki

Acclaimed lesbian film Rafiki has broken box office records in Kenya after the country’s government temporarily lifted a ban on the film. Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, but was banned from release in its home country “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism …

Slain Ugandan LGBTIQ activist David Kato refugees

Australia recently (July 2018) accepted 50 mainly Ugandan LGBTIQ refugees from Kenya under the Refugee Visa (subclass 200) for people fleeing persecution in their home country. But why is Uganda such a dangerous country for its LGBTIQ communities? Ugandan law criminalises both male and female homosexuality. Males especially risk life imprisonment for “carnal knowledge against …

Commonwealth Decriminalisation Petition March

More than 103,000 people have signed a petition calling on dozens of Commonwealth countries to repeal longstanding anti-gay laws. Homosexuality remains illegal in 37 of the 53 Commonwealth countries, with those countries continuing to enforce penal codes first introduced under the British Empire but never repealed. Punishments for LGBTIQ people among the countries include 10 …

Photographs of two male lions mounting each other on a Kenyan reserve recently went viral online. However, not everyone is feeling the love for the couple. The Kenya Film Classification Board’s chief executive Dr Ezekial Mutua responded to the photos by telling Nairobi News that the lions were “demonically possessed” and the “crazy gay animals” …