Kenya Kanga Flag
Kenya Kanga Flag
Kanga Quote translation:
"My love is valid" - Quote submitted by Ivy Gatibaru
This is the TRTL kanga honoring Kenya's Queer history.
Homosexual acts are currently illegal in Kenya though there's presently a case at the Supreme courts to have this decriminalized. The organization ISHTAR MSM (honored in the kanga) have been working with the government to address the issues of men who have sex with men, having been registered with the Ministry of Social Services since 1999. They are currently still one of the most active Queer rights organizations in Kenya and one of the founding members of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya. Meanwhile, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC, also featured in the kanga) have successfully fought to: be recognized and registered by the NGO board in Kenya; stop forced anal examinations of men who are suspected to have had sex with other men, and; stop the 2014 anti-homosexuality bill from passing in parliament. They are also the main group behind the move to have homosexual acts decriminalized by the Kenyan Supreme courts.
Also featured in the kanga is the Nest collective for their work "Stories of Our Lives", a collection of Queer stories from Kenya. This film was banned in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and the producer arrested for "filming without a license". A little after this, the group Art Attack (featured in the kanga) released a remix of Macklemore's "Same Love" on YouTube, prompting the KFCB to (unsuccessfully) seek to have it pulled down. Both these groups came together with other creatives to reject a proposed bill by KFCB that would have wholly stifled the Kenya Film industry.
The quote "My love is valid" is a play on Lupita Nyong’o's famous quote "My dreams are valid", and was also chosen as a response to President Uhuru Kenyatta's statement once that Kenyan queer rights were a "Non-issue"
This kanga is printed on polyester flag material and measures 1m by 1.5m metres.
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