If you are LGBTQ, respect those who are not. And if you are not, respect those who are. Do not force others to sing your song and they will not force you to sing theirs.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Kenya face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
There have been a lot of discussions about the LGBTQs and their rights. A lot of emotions have been pouring in on the subject. As it stands, this is an “emotive issue” that everyone has an opinion on even if they have none. But there is a rift, a wide rift.
My take on this LGBTQ issue is that before anything else, we are human. We first need to acknowledge that fact. The second fact is, that each human being has their own choices. Some choose to be LGBTQ, some choose not to be and there is nothing we can do about it.
If you are LGBTQ, respect those who are not. And if you are not, respect those who are. Do not force others to sing your song and they will not force you to sing theirs. The problem arises when one tries to impose what they personally believe in on others.
My take this morning on LGBTQ; if you are LGBTQ, respect those who aren’t and if you aren’t, respect those who are. Do not force me to sing your song and I won’t force you to sing mine… Where we go wrong is one wanting to impose the other on another… Have a great day ahead!
— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3) May 18, 2022
As it stands in Kenya, LGBTQ is still illegal. Efforts by the community to have it legalized via the courts have often been rejected. But this does not mean that we turn against our fellow human beings who have chosen to live the way they want.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Kenya face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Sodomy is a felony per Section 162 of the Kenyan Penal Code, punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment, and any sexual practices between males (termed “gross indecency”) are a felony under section 165 of the same statute, punishable by 5 years’ imprisonment.
While female same-sex sexual activity is not explicitly prohibited by law, lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people are not recognized in the Kenyan Constitution and are discriminated against, covertly, as well as undergo corrective rape practices by heterosexual men.
As Trio Mio says, “Maisha ni yangu… we shughulika na yako… napenda za kwangu… we shughulika na kwako…” and this the same attitude we should adabt when dealing with those who are LGBTQ or straight. Live your life. Do not judge. Do not kill.
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