IT IS the holidays! And not to be left out is the LGBTI and sex work community in the country.
The months of November and December are packed with social events and themes that are expected to keep the two communities busy with engagements and participation.
Identity Kenya’s society contributor David Mutahi, shares the calendar of events, meetings and parties planned for this holiday season.
‘OUT’ Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – November 15-17th
This is the second annual queer film festival that will be held at the Goethe Institute. Organized by Goethe and Gay Kenya Trust (GKT) with support from the Swiss embassy and Identity Kenya, the Out Film Festival will provide a chance to showcase LGBTI themed movies over three days to Kenyans. The festival will have an array of movie producers, actors and directors who will have plenary sessions with the audiences as well screenings of movies, documentaries and features.
Entry is free and open to all.
Human Rights Film Festival – November 19-23rd
The 2nd Human Rights Watch (HRW) Human Rights Film Festivals is being organized by Human Rights Watch and will be at the Alliance Française on 19-23 November. One of the films to be featured is Call Me Kuchu, about Uganda’s LGBTI community and the death of one of its leading lights, David Kato.
Entry is free and open to all.
International Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20th
The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. Trans activists and groups are planning events around the day and details will be shared soon.
16 Days Of Activism – November 25-December 10th
The 16 Days of Activism are either against gender violence and violence against women and children. Last year, lesbian activists joined the day with sessions on violence, rape and other abuses they face.
World AIDS Day – December 1st
World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. LGBTI and MSM groups as well as sex work groups are expected to participate in national events organized by the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) and the National AIDS Control Council (NACC). More details as they emerge. Sex work groups are planning a cleaning day of three major hospitals in Nairobi as a way of commemorating this day.
During this day, the recipient of the David Kato’s Vision and Voice Award will be named by the Awards committee.
International Human Rights Day – December 10th
The International Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December. The day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.
Gay and Lesbian Awards of Kenya – December 15th
Organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the Gay and Lesbian awards will be held to recognize LGBTI Kenyans who have made significant contribution in Kenyan society. Nominations are still being accepted.
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