Photographer and film student Arjun Kamath has shared a photo series entitled “Coming Out,” which explores the persecution faced by LGBTI people in India. Says Kamath, “I felt as an artist I needed to share my voice with the world. India is changing for the better, but certain issues like homosexuality are still not considered normal and gay relationships are despised.”
With homosexuality illegal in Kenya, its capital Nairobi is an unlikely – and potentially dangerous – place to openly host an LGBTI film festival. Stories of Our Lives, a recent Kenyan LGBTI-themed production, was banned in Kenya in 2014. Even so, the Nairobi auditorium was packed for Out Festival.
Three police officers entered the property of mourners during a funeral procession for two LGBTI activists recently killed in an automobile accident. The police claim to have been tipped off by a neighbor, who saw the deceased’s coffin draped in an “illegal flag.”
“It’s not good to be my friend here in Cameroon,” said Nkom, one of the only attorneys in the nation willing to defend LGBTI rights in court. “I've just received an alert that the journalist who covered our press conference yesterday – it was about presenting the [International Federation for Human Rights] report on the situation of sexual minority defenders in Cameroon – is receiving very aggressive death threats today.”