Thousands of Naked Prostitutes to Stage Anti-Gay Protest During Obama’s Kenya Visit
An obscure Kenyan political party is planning an eye-opening anti-gay protest during an upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama.
The Star reports the Republican Liberty party has enlisted 5,000 prostitutes, both male and female, “to show Obama the differences between a man and a woman through a nude protest.”
Party leader Vincent Kidala told reporters the demonstration, which will take place on July 22-23 at the Freedom Center in the capital Nairobi, will be peaceful but send a message that Obama’s support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality runs contrary to Kenyan values and that the president’s pro-gay agenda is unwelcome in Africa.
“The procession shall be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and women to protest over Obama’s open and aggressive support for homosexuality,” Kidala said in a letter to the county commander on Monday.
“In fact our party has a network of prostitutes in Nairobi, Nakuru and other counties,” Kidala told the Star. “This is where we shall get all these people whose number we expect to increase.”
Kidala said the prostitutes have agreed to participate in the protest without compensation since they believe their business will suffer if homosexuality is legalized in Kenya.
According to a 2007 Pew Global Attitudes poll, fully 96 percent of Kenyans believe homosexuality should be rejected. Sex acts between men are punished by a maximum of 21 years’ imprisonment in Kenya, which outlaws “carnal knowledge against the order of nature.” According to the Kenya Human Rights Commission, few people are prosecuted under the nation’s harsh anti-gay laws but LGBT individuals “are routinely harassed by the police, held in remand houses beyond the constitutional period without charges being preferred against them, and presented in court on trumped-up charges.”
“Closely related to this, is a cartel of corrupt police officials who routinely extort and blackmail LGBT persons with the threat of arrest and imprisonment if they do not give those bribes,” the rights group said in a 2011 report. “LGBT sex workers, mostly men who have sex with men, are often asked for bribes and sexual favors by male police officers in exchange for their freedom and security… Those who fail to give bribes or sexual favors are charged with trumped-up charges and sometimes raped by state security officers.”
In its latest annual human rights report on Kenya, the US State Department criticized “widespread violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals.” In June 2012, the United States Embassy in Nairobi raised local eyebrows and ire by hosting what is believed to be the first-ever LGBT Pride event in Kenya as part of the Obama administration’s campaign against bigotry.
“The US government for its part has made it clear that the advancement of human rights for LGBT people is central to our human rights policies around the world and to the realization of our foreign policy goals,” embassy public affairs officer John Haynes said at the time.
Obama, whose father was Kenyan and who has relatives in the country, will attend the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi and hold bilateral meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose administration has cited Kenyans’ Christian beliefs in rejecting gay rights.
“This country, the nation of Kenya, is a God-fearing nation,” Deputy President William Ruto said in 2013 in response to Obama’s comments in support of LGBT rights delivered during a speech in Senegal. “Those who believe in other things, that is their business. We believe in God.”