Section 162 and 165 of the Penal codes states that homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. There are no state policies in Kenya including specific security for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ).
Educational institutions are mostly threatening settings for LGBTQ students; such data is weighed against studies on the effects of impaired academic performance, cognitive, and mental well-being.
The number of LGBTQ students in Kenya Universities is raising every year. “Gays and Lesbians are many in our institutions and we are against home sexuality. We will try to fight it though it requires a lot from all of us.” Pwani University Students president said to a radio host.
Kenya Varsities religious leaders not only do mention homosexuality as a sin, but also masturbation and other sexual immorality as a hinderance for spiritual prosperity and also a vice on the nation and thus not a virtue in campuses and colleges.
“Homosexuality is not a new thing and we have records in Genesis 13 and 19, and we have cities known for this sin. Their names are Sodom and Gomorrah, we know God spared not this people but turned them to ashes, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly.” Church of Christ and Information studies’ post.
Researchers have reported that LGBT adolescents face increased levels of abuse, rejection, and violence in educational institutions than their straight counterparts. These analyses recognized four distinct types of abuse: anti-gay words, oral ridicule, mental oppression, and actual violent behavior, and established that most LGBTQ students face name-calling, abusive behavior, intimidation, and violence at school.
For instance, in Pwani University we discovered that a graduate gay student encountered offensive remarks at school and outside the school. Additionally, it was revealed that more than 80% of LGBT students revealed experiencing oral harassment, more than 40% revealed experiencing bodily harassment and more than 20% revealed experiencing physical assault as a result of their gender identity.
Though Improvement on LGBTQ problems in educational institutions has been sluggish, most universities in certain areas of the nation are not taking steps to create healthier and more accepting environments for LGBTQ students. “We will live to fight this satanic acts.” Many varsity student leaders vows.
Kenya’s government has adopted an ambivalent stance on LGBT rights. President Uhuru Kenyatta referred to homosexuality as “not acceptable” in a 2018 media interview, but has previously said he would not tolerate anti-LGBT “witch hunts” and other forms of violence.
“Research approved that masturbation leads to homosexuality, since the more you do it, the more you loose interest towards other genders hence men turning to be gays and ladies to be lesbians because they will feel free to masturbate with the same gender than the opposite sex and with time they will be curious to try same gender sex” Ruthless Erickson, a Counsellor posted on 1st September 2021.
We figures homosexuality as unlawful in Kenya and thus unlawful in our campuses and colleges an thus, implementing appropriate household and neighborhood engagement campaigns against it, incorporating case studies from classes, campuses, and regions around the nation will help reduce the number of these students in the Varsities.