Kenya: Rights group challenges Kenya’s anti-gay laws in court

Kenya’s High Court on Thursday began hearing arguments in a case that challenges parts of the penal code seen as targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission argues that sections of the code are in breach of the constitution and deny basic rights by criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adults.

They are also used to justify violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the East African nation, the commission’s executive director, Eric Gitari, said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear when a ruling is expected. “People just rush to make decisions and judgment about queer people when the truth is, it is not as bad as it is put out there,” activist Jay Arap Salat said. “It is not about the monstrous things people say about us. It is not about pedophilia, sodomizing or things like those. It is just love, we are out here, we are love, we just want love and to love each other.” Read more via AP