Homosexual acts between men are criminalised in Kenya, punishable with up to 10 years imprisonment.

Since 2005, Kenya has had a national LGBT coalition, established with international development funding and they are working to strengthen the rights for LGBT people.


The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the country’s official organisation monitoring human rights, has also asked the government to decriminalise homosexuality and sex work.



Male to male relationships: Not Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more

Female to female relationships: Legal

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law

Adoption: No

Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: No


More on Kenyan law at


Legal incidents and social climate

Homosexuals are reportedly arrested and beaten by the police regularly. In May 2012, a man was stoned to death by a crowd in Nairobi.

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More on the situation for LGBT people in Kenya in this report published by Centre on Housing Rights & Evictions


Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) did a field trip report about LGBT in development work in Kenya in 2007: Looking at Sida work in Kenya from a sexuality angle


LGBT organizations/networks

- GALCK (Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya) : The GALCK resource center in Nairobi was established in 2008 and offers a library, space for social gatherings as well as capacity building trainings for GALCK and other LGBTi groups. The member groups based in Nairobi are housed within GALCK’s safe house. GALCK’s advocacy and programmatic work is funded by various donors, including Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD) through Landsforeningen for lesbisk og homofil frigjøring (LLH - Norwegian National Association for Lesbian and Gay Liberation).


- Gay Kenya Trust : Gay Kenya Trust is a human rights and media advocacy organization for lesbian, gay and bisexual persons, committed to the defense of their civil liberties, through community education, opinion publications and legal petitions that redress discriminatory processes denying LGB persons safety, dignity and equal participation in society. GKT’s ultimate goal is the attainment of a society that does not define and /or discriminate against persons on grounds of their sexual orientation. GKT is supported by different partners including The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS).

Gay Kenya Trust has published a book on human rights law and the LGBTI community in Kenya



Kenya is party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)



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