In a terrible repeat of what happened in Uganda a few years ago, a Kenyan newspapers has published the identities of a dozen LGBT rights activists in that country, where both Christian and Muslim leaders regularly preach violence against such people.
Kenya’s ‘top homos’ are fearing for their lives after a newspaper published their names and pictures on its front page today (11 May).
Citizen Weekly has exposed 12 LGBTI activists and leaders. Several were previously in the closet.
While some are known internationally as proud spokespeople for the community, others include a senator and a gospel singer.
Few Kenyans are openly LGBTI as it is illegal to be gay. Activists fear the newspaper will incite mob violence, similar to when Ugandan activist David Kato was killed after being ‘named and shamed’ on the front page of a tabloid in 2010…This article, an activist fears, could be part of the campaign to further turn the public against the LGBTI community.
‘If homophobes were looking to target people, if the police were looking to arrest people, if anti-gay youths were looking to attack some teen they assume is gay, they now have a face and a name,’ Denis Nzioka, one of the names mentioned, told Gay Star News.
‘We are now walking targets. While some of the people on the list are open about being gay, some are not. It is putting every person’s career, life and family at risk.’
Absolutely horrifying. It’s a virtual certainty that some of the people on that list will be violently attacked sometime soon.