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Kenya: Government watchdog backs repeal of laws against homosexuality and prostitution

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  1. Lumi Bast 4 May 2012, 7:16pm

    Homosexuality does need to be decriminalized but prostitution doesn’t. It’s disgusting, immoral, unsafe, and should be completely illegal.

    1. Har Davids 5 May 2012, 9:04am

      Lumi, some people have only their body to sell to make a living, so we can’t judge prostitutes because of the work they do. Disgusting or not, as long as prostitution exists, it should be as safe in all ways as possible.

    2. GingerlyColors 5 May 2012, 9:40pm

      Some people may have the same opinion about us! That London Mayoral candidate for UKIP, Frank Moloney wanted to ban London Gay Pride because he thought it is ‘immoral’ but at the same time wanted to allow prostitution! Screwed up politics or what?
      Like homosexuality you have as much chance as stopping the world’s oldest profession as you have knitting fog! Women often turn to prostitution out of desparation but by legalising it at least it will make prostitution safer and easier for women to seek help without the fear of prosecution. It was the same for gays before 1967 when we had to conduct our activities under dangerous circumstances and if we suffered violence there was nobody we can turn to.

  2. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 4 May 2012, 8:14pm

    When homosexuality does get legalized, the age of consent must be the same for both straights and gays!

    the UK back in 1967 made gay sex legal with two conditions that gay sex is:

    A) age of consent is only above 21 years old;
    B) only between two men and no more
    C) it is consensual and;
    D) in private.

    1. Yes, but this is Kenya. You can’t expect Africa to change overnight, there is a lot of work to be done. I think this is a refreshing story and I truly hope that it passes into law.

      1. So do I, but I’m sorry to say that South Africa’s continuous intolerance of homosexuality has left me a bit jaded.

  3. Hetero-pride.. Great 2B Straight!. 5 May 2012, 1:12am

    Its good that at least one or 2 african countries are starting to at least think about changing the barbaric laws of yesturday (all though i cant help feeling that the threat to withdraw financial aid has something to do with it). lets hope they finally see sense.

  4. GingerlyColors 5 May 2012, 9:30pm

    Kenya, like many other countries have sadly held onto some of the less savoury laws left behind by British colonialism. I hope that as one of the more progressive countries on that continent that they are serious about cleaning up their legislation and removing the threat of persecution from people who happen to be gay. If they can carry this through then I would like to see Kenya at the front of the queue when it comes to foreign aid and I would like to see them becoming the next big safari destination.
    It is 60 years since Princess Elizabeth went up a tree in Kenya and came back down as a Queen and in this Diamond Jubilee year I would like to see that country join the club of progressive nations. Winning over the government is only part of the battle as there is still a lot of social hostility towards gays but one day I hope that Niarobi Pride will be celebrated.

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