David Kuria Mbote, the first openly gay black person in Africa to run for national office outside South Africa, addressed students last Friday at an event hosted by the LGBTQ society.
In his talk Kuria, a senate candidate for the Kenyan 2013 elections, discussed various LGBT issues in Africa including criminalisation laws, HIV vaccination research and media portrayal.
David Kuria founded the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), an umbrella organisation for multiple LGBTQ groups in the country, with the aim to create more awareness and support. However, in his speech he stressed that they still had a long way to go. He said that if a white gay couple asked for a room at a hotel in Nairobi they would be accepted, however that it would be a very different matter if a Kenyan gay couple were to do so.
The Kenyan politician stated that if elected his main priority would be the removal of structural barriers to HIV prevention, treatment and care. He said that more research was necessary and emphasised the importance of “allies in academia” who could present the opposition with properly researched arguments.
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