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A Comparative Analysis of Anti-LGBT+ Oppression in Kenya and the United States

A Comparative Analysis of Anti-LGBT+ Oppression in Kenya and the United States
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Author(s): Ciarra I. Hastings Blow (Prairie View A&M University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 19
Source title: Comparative Criminology Across Western and African Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Simeon P. Sungi (United States International University-Africa, Kenya) and Nabil Ouassini (Prairie View A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2856-3.ch003

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Abstract

Kenya and the United States were built off the same values and beliefs of English colonialism. The introduction of anti-sodomy laws within the legal systems has created a barrier between the LGBT+ community and the government. In Kenya specifically, the public creates division among LGBT+ youth by committing heinous offenses against them such as honor killings, rape, and arranged marriages solely to maintain a heteronormative appearance to the community. In the United States, the 100% increase in the murders of transgender individuals has confirmed there is a long way to go for equality. However, there have been significant changes, such as the election of Lori Lightfoot, Chicago's first black female openly gay mayor. The Penal Codes in Kenya have gone up for debate several times, and each time the idea of doing away with such laws is shot down. This chapter breaks down the differences and similarities between Kenya and the United States and how their anti-sodomy laws have shaped their LGBT+ youth today.

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