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Month: June 2011

“Resolution passage great”

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A day after the UN Human Rights Council voted 23-19 in favor of a historic resolution that supports equal rights for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Gays, Lesbian, Bisexual, transgenders and Intersex community in Kenya has praised the resolution and hailed South Africa for taking charge. This despite strong opposition from Arab and […]

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Homophobic Buju Banton

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Homophobic reggae singer Buju Banton was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison and for his connection to a cocaine deal. The grammy-winner was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug […]

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Obama treading carefully on gay issues in 2012 bid

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President Barack Obamahas delivered important political victories for gays but is unlikely to push his support for gay rights much further before the 2012 election in case he alienates independent voters.Gay leaders will likely give Obama high marks at a fundraiser inNew York on Thursday for pushing through issues like winning gays the right to serve openly […]

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Cloned cow to produce human-like milk

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An Argentine laboratory announced that it had created the world’s first transgenic cow, using human genes that will allow the animal to produce the equivalent of mothers’ milk. “The cloned cow, named Rosita ISA, is the first bovine born in the world that incorporates human genes that contain the proteins present in human milk,” Argentina’s […]

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CJ Mutunga takes up office

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Dr Willy Mutunga has taken office as Kenya’s Chief Justice and assured to bring the much needed reforms in the country’s judicial system. “I commit, at the personal and institutional level of the judiciary, to ensure that the courts are accessible to and for all and that the rulings, judgments and pronouncements from the judiciary […]

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Anyang’ Nyong’o: Sexual orientation is not a yardstick for public appointment

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“Let us improve our vetting system. According to the Constitution, you should not ask anyone about the sexual orientation or family status since any form of discrimination is outlawed under the Bills of Rights,” said Medical Services Minister Anyang Nyong’o in Parliament. The minister suggested that members of committees that vet candidates for public jobs, […]

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KNCHR To conduct inquiry on sexual, reproductive health: Where are the gays?

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Can the Kenyan gay community engage in this process? The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has commenced a public inquiry into the sexual and reproductive health rights. This inquiry seeks to address public concerns and is informed by increasing reports of deteriorating standards of sexual and reproductive healthcare in both public and private […]

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Corruption is not a moral issue – Church says not

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One would be forgiven for thinking that the Church leadership have suddenly migrated from Kenya. Not a single one of them has issued a statement on the numerous corruption allegations against the Director of Public Prosecutions nominee Keriako Tobiko. To be sure the DPP is as important a position as that of the Chief Justice. […]

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Budget with several firsts

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Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta finally presented this year’s budget speech in which he proposed to raise and spend 1.5 trillion shillings over the next one year. For the first time this year’s budget exempted some taxes and was read a day before it is traditionally read. It was also the first time that the reading […]

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Road Awakening

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On a cool, drizzly mid-November evening about a decade ago, I turned onto the nearly deserted main drag of a somewhat gritty mill town called Escanaba on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I was searching for a now-defunct gay bar called Club Xpress, but more significantly, I’d just reached the halfway point in a crazy quest I’d […]

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