LGBTQ TV Representation dropped during Covid-Report
The LGBTQ community is becoming popular in Kenya with more members coming out in open about their sexual orientation.
In May 2019 the High Court upheld archaic anti-homosexuality laws in the country. This after three organizations moved to court challenging the criminalization of the same sex.
However, LGBTQ members have become plucky and society more vibrant, despite harsh reception from society. The vanguards of popularizing this movement mostly it have been celebrities.
A report by Glaad an advocacy organization for LGBT indicates that the number of LGBT persons appearing on national TV has dropped during the Covid19 pandemic.
“The percentage of regular characters scheduled to appear on prime-time scripted broadcast television who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer decreased to 9.1 percent in the 2020-21 season, from the previous year’s record high of 10.2 percent.”
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) in April 2018 banned the “Rafiki” movie for allegedly promoting sex of the same gender. This explains the struggles of lesbianism content to see the light of the day in traditional media.
Social Media has remained a useful avenue to champion for the rights of LGBTQ. The platforms have also been used to declare their sexual orientation to the public.
Media personality Anita Nderu made it known to the public that she is a member of the LGBT through Twitter. Makena Njeri another media personality has been showering her fiancee with romantic messages on Instagram.