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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) in Nairobi


The new UN-GLOBE logo will be officially unveiled in Nairobi on May 17 for the IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia) event we have planned there. The new logo was done by the amazingly talented designer and artist LK Napolitano.

For the first time ever, the rainbow flag will be on display in the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON). And for the first time ever, IDAHOBIT will be celebrated at UNON.

The event will feature speeches from three Ambassadors; the deputy head of UNON; and most importantly, Kenyan LGBTI activists. Among them will be the Kenyan LGBTI group that has legally challenged Kenyan laws criminalizing sexual acts between males. And the Kenyan filmmakers, whose film “Stories of our lives” was banned in Kenya for its gay subject matter, will also speak.

This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring heads of UN agencies. We’ll discuss what we can collectively do to advocate for LGBTI populations in Kenya and Africa that are suffering discrimination and violence. And to reflect on where we have missed the mark.

Our UN-GLOBE coordinators there, and others in Nairobi are hard at work to put on quite a show! I hope you watch it on Facebook Live starting at 12PM Nairobi time, May

Other IDAHOBIT UN-GLOBE events around the world

Geneva – Events taking place in the different UN agencies, including ILO and UNHCR. See the listing here.

Bangkok – Panel discussion on May 17 featuring LGBTI-identified staff. Contact UN-GLOBE Coordinator for Bangkok.

MONUSCO – For the first time ever, posters featuring the USG for Peacekeeping and the USG for Field Support to be distributed to all MONUSCO staff and associated personnel. Contact UN-GLOBE Coordinator for MONUSCO

New York – The Core Group of member states supporting LGBTI rights at the UN will be organizing an event for May 17 featuring key noteworthy allies from the media, entertaiment, the private sector, and sports.

Rome – Panel discussion in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contact UN-GLOBE Coordinator for Rome