Coming Out in the Developing World: A Conversation with Kenya LGBT Activist David Kuria Mbote

In honor of International Human Rights Day, Global Studies at The New School and Project Africa host a discussion with David Kuria Mbote, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.

Kuria Mbote has played a leading role in advocating for decriminalization of homosexuality in Kenya, combating homophobia, and raising awareness about LGBT issues throughout East Africa. In spring 2010, he was targeted for assassination by American evangelicals who advocate zero tolerance, for gays and lesbians. Kuria Mbote is currently running for senator of Kiambu County in Kenya. If elected, he will become the first openly gay legislator in Kenya and only the second in Africa.

This free talk takes place on Friday, December 10, from at 6:00 p.m., at 80 Fifth Avenue in Room 529. It is the third in the year-long lecture and discussion series Coming Out in the Developing World. The series highlights the situation of LGBT individuals in developing nations, providing a forum for discussion of sociocultural issues related to identity and activism.