It seems Obama’s upcoming visit to Kenya may include more nudity than was initially planned.
Led by 33-year-old Vincent Kidaha, the Republican Liberty Party will protest “Obama’s open and aggressive support of homosexuality” by having 1000 women and 4000 men strip naked in order to literally demonstrate the difference between males and females on July 22nd and 23rd this year.
This may seem like a fairly comical way to protest – especially considering the 4:1 male to female ratio – but the anti-gay laws in Africa are no laughing matter.
While homosexuality is already illegal in Kenya, there are political movements calling for stricter enforcement of such policies. As reported by Towleroad, in August 2014, the Republican Liberty Party brought an Anti-Homosexuality Bill to Parliament, suggesting that anyone found guilty of homosexuality or sodomy would be punished with a life sentence in jail. There is an even more severe policy for arrested gay foreigners, in which case “the sentence shall be subjected to death by stoning in public.”
While this may sound far-fetched to a Western audience, similar laws have already passed in Uganda and Nigeria, and so the passage of such a law could only mean bad things for the already stifled Kenyan LGBT community.