Kenya: A call to boycott formerly gay-tolerant club

Kenya’s LGBTI rights coalition has issued a warning that the formerly somewhat LGBTIQ+-tolerant Club Envy nightclub in Nairobi has become hazardous for people who aren’t straight.

Club Envy (Photo courtesy of Nairobi Wire)

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) urged members of the LGBTIQ+ community to boycott the Nairobi establishment, which has new owners.

A series of discriminatory actions and violence against sexual minorities at the club came to a head last weekend, when a group of drag queens were stripped at the entrance to the club and denied access even though they had reserved the VIP section of the club to record a documentary, GALCK stated.

The club’s management has rejected suggestions for employee sensitization training and a non-discrimination policy. GALCK asked for recommendations of safe locations for social gatherings of members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

This was GALCK’s call for the boycott:

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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