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Kenya Just Ruled That 'Forced Anal Testing' On Suspected Gay Men Is Illegal—But The Fight Isn't Over

Kenya Just Ruled That 'Forced Anal Testing' On Suspected Gay Men Is Illegal—But The Fight Isn't Over
Updated 2 months ago

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 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:

Twitter users showed their support:

Mona from Cairo, Egypt, shared how bad the situation is:

Feminist author and public speaker Mona Eltahawy spoke out:

Let's hope this week's ruling precedes more good news for the LGBTQ community as we await the ruling of a landmark case: