On 24th February 2022, the Supreme court of Kenya Affirmed freedom of association for people of diverse identities expanding on Article 27 of the Constitution to include non-discrimination of people, a case by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Right Commission.
In response to the ruling, we have witnessed a sharp increase in hate speech and verbal and physical attacks targeting the LGBTIQ+ community in the country. In total disregard for several sections of the constitution political, state, and religious actors have engaged in targeted attacks against LGBTIQ+ people and institutions that serve this marginalized group.
Before the ruling of the Supreme Court, an anti-gay movement was already underway in Coast Region. The groups are adamant about spreading hate, especially in the Coast Region speaking of engaging in violence against LGBTIQ+ people and their property.
Here is a safety and security advisory kit that we compiled for your physical and online safety. We also care about your mental wellness thus we have shared some pointers that might help in the same and contacts.
Initiative for Equality and Non Discrimination (INEND) is a local nonprofit organization that researches strategies for equality and acceptance in the coast region of Kenya and shares experiences with other stakeholders in an effort to contribute towards tolerance, non-discrimination and acceptance of gender and sexual minorities.