The U.S. embassy in Kenya held what's believed to be its first ever LGBT pride event on Tuesday. A small, invitation only forum attended by activists, allies and diplomat, the event, like other embassy gatherings, was part of the Obama administration's push for global LGBT equality.
"The U.S. government for its part has made it clear that the advancement of human rights for LGBT people is central to our human rights policies around the world and to the realization of our foreign policy goals,” said John Haynes, a public affairs officer at the embassy in Nairobi, in opening the event.
MaqC Gitau, general manager of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, acknowledged the forum’s groundbreaking nature. “What makes this day stand out for us here in Kenya … is that more than anything else, it is about visibility,” he said."