Department for International Development Research advisor Simon McNorton has celebrated the conclusion of the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion week at the UK High Commission in Nairobi.
On the final day yesterday, Simon moderated a panel of Kenyan LGBT voices with representatives from the African LGBT digital media organisation None On Record, Andrew Maina, Executive Co-ordinator of the Gays and Lesbians Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) Lorna Dias, Human Rights Lawyer Sofia Rajab-Leteipan and actor Sheila Munyiva.
Reflecting on the week, the British Council said: “We all have a role to play in providing dignity to their lives free of stigma, violence & discrimination. We can unite to advance their rights & inclusion & ensure no one is left behind.”
Through his Twitter account Mr McNorton celebrated the “fun week” and thanked the British Council Kenya, the Afroqueer podcast and equality charity Stonewall for “materials and support”.
British High Commissioner Nic Hailey commented that he is “proud that the UK High Commission is an inclusive place to work no matter who you are or who you love.”
The British Council Rainbow Connection also commented, saying: “Real change comes from open dialogue, challenging misconceptions and promoting equality for all.”