Sexual and Gender Minorities in Western Kenya

By Bianca D. M. Wilson, Soon Kyu Choi, Laima Augustaitis, Laura Jadvin-Cakmak, Leah C. Neubauer, Gary W. Harper

A survey of 273 people from Western Kenya finds economic empowerment, LGBT acceptance campaigns and access to menstruation supplies among the greatest needs for the country’s sexual and gender minorities assigned female at birth.

Most respondents (73%) identified as lesbian and nearly one-quarter indicated that they do not use a gender expression or role term, such as masculine, feminine or androgynous.

Additional findings

  • 48% had a post-secondary education
  • 34% reported being unemployed
  • 28% reported facing violence because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression
  • 39% experienced some form of barrier accessing needed menstrual products
  • 39% felt the need for legal services, such as LGBT educational initiatives, research on LGBT individuals and anti-discrimination laws protecting sexual and gender minorities

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