LGBT rights in Africa: Will Kenya be the latest to pass anti-gay law?

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07/19/2023

In the latest sign of rising homophobia in different African countries, a Kenyan opposition MP is leading a campaign for parliament to further criminalise the country’s small LGBTQ community. George Peter Kaluma’s move comes after neighbouring Uganda adopted a tough new anti-gay law, rejecting threats by US President Joe Biden to impose sanctions and travel restrictions on “anyone involved in serious human rights abuses”. When I met Mr Kaluma – a member of veteran Kenyan opposition politician Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement – he was sitting behind his desk at his office in the capital Nairobi, proof-reading and making corrections to a bill that he intends to table in parliament soon. “We want to prohibit everything to do with homosexuality,” Mr Kaluma tells me, adding that his bill will be much broader than the legislation passed by Uganda’s parliament and approved by President Yoweri Museveni in May.

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