ALL LGBTQI+ people should be able to celebrate and/or protest in the name of PRIDE with a visible parade, festival and/or party. Yet, this is not possible in many places around the world. We should be able to celebrate and/or protest in the name of PRIDE, even in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Yet doing so invites attack with little to no protection from the hostile host country.
The most marginalized of all LGBTQI+ people in the world are languishing in refugee camps because they have fled KILL THE GAYS Bills and violent persecution..... Kakuma’s LGBTQI+ refugees want to march, parade, and celebrate to show their PRIDE and PROTEST. BUT the majority will not because they are investing in self-security, knowing it is not advisable, not only for security reasons, but also because alienating Kenya’s government will serve to shut down one of few and very limited resettlement platforms in East Africa.
In true African tradition it would be a great moment to share communal meals- and to assert African culture for what it means to be Queer in Africa - as a counter protest to those who falsely assert “homosexuality is UN-AFRICAN!”
PLEASE HELP AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION TO MAKE THIS PRIDE MEAL HAPPEN AGAIN, AS WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE, FOR SMALLER NUMBERS
The majority of the LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma have signed up for a food distribution and a SPECIAL PRIDE MEAL.
One of our beneficiaries , upon finding out about this initiative wrote to us:
Dear AHRC Team,
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the Pride Meal offer that you are providing to the LGBTIQ community in Kakuma Refugee Camp. As a group leader, I would like to extend my appreciation to Melanie Nathan and the entire AHRC team for their generosity in providing this much-needed support to our community.
The offer of a Pride Meal is a wonderful gesture that will provide a sense of belonging and inclusion for LGBTIQ individuals who often feel marginalized and excluded from mainstream society. This support will go a long way in fostering a sense of community and acceptance, and it will provide a much-needed boost to the mental health and wellbeing of our members.
As a group leader, I am deeply impressed by the efforts that AHRC is making to support the rights of LGBTIQ individuals in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Your commitment to promoting equality and inclusion is truly commendable, and I hope that this will inspire other organizations to follow in your footsteps.
Once again, I would like to thank you for this kind gesture and for your ongoing support of our community. We appreciate your efforts and look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.
PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS:
San Francisco Pride: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Kk_YRb5jPdM
Pride in Kakuma 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjTt5W7OrlA