Anti-LGBT discrimination costs Kenya ‘up to $1.3 billion’ a year

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02/25/2019

A culture of anti-LGBT discrimination could be costing Kenya up to $1.3 billion a year, a new report claims. The report from the pro-LGBT Open for Business coalition sets out the economic case for LGBT+ inclusion in Kenya, after the country’s Supreme Court delayed a much-anticipated ruling on a challenge to anti-gay laws. It is illegal to be gay in Kenya under a British colonial-era law, and there are no protections against discrimination or hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the report, the hostile environment towards LGBT+ people could be costing the country as much as 1.7% of its GDP per year.

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