Dec 142012
Human rights are not optional

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) will on Saturday launch the first gay and lesbian awards.

The event will honour Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) individuals for their contributions to the Kenyan Society.

The event, to be held at Charter Hall, Nairobi, will also see politicians; employers and journalists who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya awarded.

An invite sent to media houses stated that the event will also aim to instigate public dialogue among Kenyans on inclusion, tolerance, respect for difference and need for peace.

“The KHRC and NGLHRC are committed to promote dialogue on sexual and gender diversity and to advance the full participation, equality and inclusion of LGBTIQ individuals in the Kenyan society,” the invite stated.

The KHRC and NGLHRC stated that they were committed to ensuring that all Kenyans engage in constructive public dialogue on issues of sexual orientation and for them to desist from hateful monologues that are intolerant of difference.

“ This is in pursuit of the national values of human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non discrimination and protection of the marginalized as articulated in article 10 of the Constitution of Kenya,” the statement added.

The statement added; “We reaffirm that the agenda of sexual rights is not about creating “new” rights, but rather acknowledging that people have same rights. This includes the right to sexual orientation and gender identity and to participate and be recognised in the economic, social and political life of their community with and beyond their sexual identities and preferences.”


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