Being gay — in Kenya and Zimbabwe

Sexual minorities are having a hard time of it in Africa these days. There’s a witch hunt on for homosexuals in Malawi, a pending draconian anti-gay bill in Uganda, and of course life for members of the LGBTI has never been easy in Kenya or Zimbabwe either. But nevertheless, people are finding ways to tell their stories and speak about the issues facing them.

In an article published on the Citizen Journalism in Africa site, Lesego Tlhwale of Behind the Mask highlights a project underway in Kenya, to produce a video documentary telling the story of gays and Lesbians in Kenya. The documentary is being produced by Gay Kenya, and the organisation is currently calling for volunteers who are prepared to tell their stories. You can find more details here.

Then also on Citizen Journalism in Africa, Milestah of GALZ has written about a 15-minute documentary produced by that organisation, featuring Zimbabwean gays and Lesbians telling their stories. The documentary is called Tinzweiwo (Hear our Plea), and it’s intended as a plea to fellow citizens to ensure that their rights are protected in a new Zimbabwean constitution. The DVD will be submitted to the Constitutional Committee.


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