‘The very idea of sex even among animals is for procreation.Two male lions cannot procreate and therefore we will lose the lion species.’ The man who actually took the picture, Paul Goldstein, saw it quite differently.
To date, available public health literature on gays and lesbians in Kenya has focused exclusively on men who have sex with men (MSM) to the exclusion of WSW.Furthermore, in August 2014, the Republican Liberty Party introduced a bill in the Kenyan National Assembly that would increase the maximum sentence for consensual same-sex sexual conduct to life imprisonment, or even death.Factors such as low-income and religious conservativism in Kenya can explain why widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians appears to exist.He has banned television shows for allegedly promoting homosexuality, something he says he is ‘resolute and unapologetic’ about.To describe sexual and reproductive health characteristics of women who have sex with women (WSW) in Kenya's three most populous cities: Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nairobi.Some women noted that they were open with their doctors about their sexual orientation, and that their doctors had not reacted negatively to this information.
WSW in Kenya are at risk for negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and unsafe abortion, positioning these women as a critical population for public health efforts.
The chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) said: ‘I mean where on earth have you ever heard something like this happening.’ Mr Mutua said research must be carried out to understand why the two male lions are mating, and ordered them to be isolated.
‘That is why I will say isolate the crazy gay animals, study their behaviour because it is not normal,’ he continued.
Low acceptance of gays and lesbians, criminalization of homosexuality, and acute gender inequality thus firmly place Kenyan WSW as a particular at-risk group.
As a first attempt to address current gaps in knowledge about the health of WSW in Kenya, this study presents original findings from a community-based survey of lesbian and bisexual women in Kenya's three most populous cities: Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nairobi.
The study utilized a community-based cross-sectional survey.