Jeffrey has been working at Ishtar-MSM, a community-based organization that advances the sexual health rights of men who have sex with men to reduce stigma and discrimination they face by advocating for their rights to access health care, including STI/HIV and AIDS-related care and treatment. Ishtar-MSM is a member group of The Gay & Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK). As Program Manager, Jeffrey has taken part in various activities on advocacy, policy and strategy formulation, and analysis. He is experienced in evidence-based HIV and sexual health programming and has sat on a variety of technical working groups at the national level. He has a keen interest in community research and is a Co-Chair of the G10 a research agency at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.
Lived Realities, The struggle of older LGBT persons in Africa. A case study of Kenya
Globally ageing is strongly correlated with becoming or remaining poor. According to Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR, 2009), old age poverty and poor health outcomes are prevalent in Kenya. This is because only 20% of Kenyans are in formal employment and even few of these save for old age. Although Kenya has recently enacted a social protection policy (2014), which includes a cash transfer program the amounts given to older persons (kshs.2000), is hardly sufficient to cover for the needs of older persons in Kenya. The balance of their needs is usually covered by the older person’s children and other extended family members.
LGBT persons have limited access to appropriate HIV/ Sexual and Reproductive Health information and services. Many barriers affect them from accessing formal health services. Discrimination, stigmatization and subjected to violence because of their sexual orientation In Nairobi, LGBT experience physical violence and threats of death. This physical violence includes; harassment, riots beatings, lynching and mob justice, hateful printed publication hate speech. The common form of violence is verbal where insults and derogatory terms are used in reference to LGBT persons who are often referred to in words that portray them as subnormal, pathological, perverted and deserving of annihilation.
LGBTI persons especially those who are “out” face job insecurity due to lack of explicit employment protections. As such they are disadvantaged in a very constrictive job market. Moreover, because they do not have children of their own, and extended families are likely to stigmatize them as other members of the society, old age poverty among the LGBTI persons is a very real risk. As a result, as they get older LGBTI persons find getting into heterosexual relationships an important safety net to provide for their social protection needs