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Gay Kenyans sense they may be on the brink of a historic legal triumph

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cheap moncler jackets sale The latter group says it represents the values not only of most Kenyans but also of most Africans, and it has funded its own polls to provide proof, using the surveys to argue that Kenya’s courts should respect the «moral majority.» In this view, which is often echoed by prominent government officials, gay sex is unnatural, un African and unconstitutional in a country that is 83percent Christian monlcer down jackets and that cites God in its law and national anthem. cheap moncler jackets sale

The LGBT rights groups have argued that the case is about basic human rights.

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cheap moncler coats At its core, the dispute stems from what was known in British law as the «sodomy offense,» which criminalized «carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.» The prohibition has bedeviled LGBT people across the former British Empire for more than a century. cheap moncler coats

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moncler jackets outlet Like most former British colonies, Kenya has retained portions of the crown’s Victorian era penal code, including vaguely worded clauses against gay sex. The legal verbiage was coined in 1860 for Britain’s colony in India and tweaked in 1899 in Queensland, Australia, to encompass all kinds of «indecent practices between males.» It was then reproduced across the seven seas. moncler jackets outlet

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The presiding judges in the Kenyan case have adjourned until April26, when they will announce a date to reveal their judgment. Muite said that even if the judges rule for the LGBT activists, two subsequent rounds of appeals, buy moncler jackets ending in the Supreme Court, could last a year or more.

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The mood in Kenya’s LGBT community is anxious but buoyant perhaps nowhere more so than among those who are routinely singled out as offenders: male sex moncler outlet store workers. Although few are sent to jail for violating Section 162, as the law banning gay sex is known, it is commonly used as a pretext by police for harassment and worse.

Some male sex workers said in interviews that their peers have been raped in police stations and told it was done to «correct us.» Before a court ruling in March, police here could force those suspected of having had gay sex to undergo anal examinations. But most commonly, the sex workers said, the law is used to extort money from them.

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The men scrape out a living by propositioning mostly closeted bargoers and the occasional expat. Substance abuse is rife. The Sauna’s owner, who gave her name only as Mama Lucy, does a brisk trade in $2bottles of Chrome Vodka, but other cheap moncler vices are no more than a call away. Despite the bribes and occasional drunken brawls it is a place of refuge filled with music, shared drinks, selfie poses and wide grins.

Nearly every face in the Sauna, though, bore scars from encounters with police, angry neighbors or disapproving family members. Section 162 is often moncler mens jackets the justification for private acts of violence.

«I’m not cheap moncler jackets tired of being beaten Cheap Moncler ,» said Mombo Ngua, 29, who goes by the nickname Mantully. «Freedom is worth that, for sure.»

Mantully’s scar, which bisects his right eyebrow, came from when a neighbor falsely moncler sale outlet accused him of raping his 4 year old son.

Mombo Ngua, age 29, who is also known as Mantully, makes a phone call in a Nairobi bar where he drinks with other male sex workers before going out for the night. (Adriane Ohanesian/For The Washington Post)

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«This ‘against the order of nature’ thing is ridiculous,» said a sex worker who gave his name as Simon Flavor, and who claims to have introduced flavored condoms to Kenya.

As the sex workers left the Sauna for «hot spots» along Tom Mboya Street where they pick up customers, many lamented that same sex love in Kenya seems impossible. Life is a continuous cycle of extortion by police and blackmail by customers who threaten them with the law to avoid paying. Worse still is the specter of HIV. Many gay men in Kenya do not get tested out of fear that they will be prosecuted.

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cheap moncler In some ways, Kenya is more tolerant of LGBT rights than neighboring countries. Uganda, for instance, gained international notoriety for a proposed law that would have imposed the death sentence for gay sex. Tanzania cracked down last year, arresting a dozen LGBT activists and advocates. People who call themselves «refugees» from moncler outlet online both countries come to Nairobi to feel at least a bit more free cheap moncler.

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