NAIROBI - In a sweeping display of opposition, hundreds of people took to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya's capital, last Friday to protest against the LGBTQ community. A diverse mix of Muslims and conservative Christians rallied outside the Supreme Court, expressing their discontent over its decision to reaffirm the rights of the LGBTQ community.
This protest came in response to the Supreme Court's decision last month, which upheld the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's right to associate, a ruling that has stirred controversy across the country. The protestors held placards and chanted slogans against the ruling, signaling a deep-seated resistance against the advancement of LGBTQ rights in the country.
Religious leaders, both Muslim and Christian, led the march to express their displeasure against the court's ruling. This event underscores the ongoing tension between traditional religious values and progressive human rights movements in Kenya.
An LGBTQ rights group has also filed a lawsuit against Kenyan Police Inspector General Japhet Koome for allowing these anti-LGBTQ protests to take place in Mombasa, adding another layer of complexity to this contentious issue.