An appeals court in Kenya ruled Thursday that forced anal examinations for men suspected of being gay is illegal—a win for the gay community and humanity at large.
Though it may sound like something from the middle ages, forced anal examinations are a reality in a handful of countries where homosexuality is openly persecuted. Basically, if someone is suspected of being gay, they can be sentenced to undergo one of these examinations as a "method for determining their sexuality."
Here's the full story from Tamerra Griffin, East Africa correspondent for BuzzFeed World:
Apparently in Kenya if you've watched Queer as Folk you're considered gay:
The ruling is from a case from 2015, where two men thought to be gay were arrested in Mombasa. Police raided their homes, found "Queer As Folk" videos there, and a magistrate authorized anal tests for them.— Tamerra Griffin (@tamerra_nikol) March 22, 2018
Because they watch "Queer as Folk."
The fight against this inhumane and humiliating practice is far from over.
Here's a list of eight other countries that still allow forced anal exams:
I spoke to @NeelaGhoshal, who's done a ton of research on this and the other 8 countries known to practice forced anal testing: Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia (though they've recently vowed to stop), Uganda, Zambia, Turkmenistan, and most recently, Tanzania.— Tamerra Griffin (@tamerra_nikol) March 22, 2018
Twitter users showed their support:
In 2016, Human Rights Watch reported on the horror of #ForcedAnalExams in eight countries. Congrats to #Kenya for being the first country in the world to strike down this brutal practice thru its courts, and to #NGLHRC for making it happen. https://t.co/h3xtDqNTJV— Neela Ghoshal (@NeelaGhoshal) March 22, 2018
Mona from Cairo, Egypt, shared how bad the situation is:
It's really awful here, the government is keeping an eye on LGBT more than it used to since what happened last September. It breaks my heart when a gay friend speaks about what happens in this inhuman anal exam and how they're treated. I wish they stop.— Mona 🌈 (@minnnti) March 22, 2018
They'll be jailed and they get a really bad treatment from the police.— Mona 🌈 (@minnnti) March 22, 2018
Feminist author and public speaker Mona Eltahawy spoke out:
Name and shame every country that does this practice against people. I am horrified that Doctors forget the first law of medicine “first do no harm” Mental or physical harm is unacceptable !— lonewolf (@gruesomegull) March 22, 2018
2018. 2018 and this is still a truth in the world. Amazing.— Chris Subagio 👨🏻🏫 @GDC (@csubagio) March 22, 2018
All countries have their own problems, but at least this horror isn’t a problem in a large number of places now. We should all offer automatic asylum to gay men and women who are trapped in places where it still is.
Let's hope this week's ruling precedes more good news for the LGBTQ community as we await the ruling of a landmark case:
Today's decision comes ~a month before we're due to know when judges will decide another crucial case. That one is about the constitutionality of Kenya's penal codes and whether or not they're used to criminalize LGBT folks. That story's here: https://t.co/eKUqAi4wuB— Tamerra Griffin (@tamerra_nikol) March 22, 2018