History of NGLHRC


History of NGLHRC

Founded by six young legal advocates, The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) announced its foundation at its inaugural Gay and Lesbian Awards in December 2012. Held in Nairobi's City Hall, the Awards affirmed the Kenyanness of the LGBTIQ community while demanding for their inclusion in public and social organizing spaces. Since then, NGLHRC has been encouraging diversity and agitating for public dialogue on sex, sexuality, gender and non-conformity.

We began our work by conducting a nine month study to understand the needs and priorities of the LGBTIQ community. Our study found that current punitive criminal laws against expressions of same sex intimacy were a major barrier to equality. In effect, these laws convey to Kenyan society that LGBTIQ persons "are criminals," and should be treated "as you would a criminal.” This has allowed for ongoing and unfettered discrimination of the community. 


Our study also found that the LGBTIQ community was greatly in need of a national legal aid response mechanism that would:

  1. Prevent discrimination on account of real or presumed sexual orientation and gender identity, and

  2. Respond to discrimination on account of real or presumed sexual orientation and gender identity 

NGLHRC addresses these needs by providing a coordinated national legal aid response mechanism for Kenya's LGBTIQ community across every city, town, rural area, and county.


NGLHRC's Mission and Values

NGLHRC's Mission and Values


Our mission is to promote and protect the equality and inclusion of LGBTIQ individuals and communities in Kenya, and advance their meaningful participation in society.

NGLHRC's key objectives are:

1. To achieve policy and legal reforms towards equality and full inclusion of sexual and gender minorities through strategic litigation, legal clinics, research and documentation and urgent action missions

2. To promote freedom of expression and association by building LGBTIQ movement and culture in Kenya through activities and calendar events

3. To encourage political and civic participation of LGBTIQ individuals and communities in Kenya through dialogue, lobbying, civic education and technical support to LGBTIQ political aspirants


Staff and Board

Staff and Board

NGLHRC is managed by an energized and competent core staff. We regularly host volunteers and are overseen by a seven-person Advisory Board. Together, our staff, volunteers, and board represent a diversity of national backgrounds, expertise and gender balance.

our staff

Eric Gitari—Executive Director
(On Sabbatical through July 2018)

Eric is a human rights lawyer, queer activist and writer. As Executive Director, he oversees administration, programmes and strategic plan of our organisation.  He reports to our Advisory Board. 

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Njeri Gateru—Head of Legal Affairs
(Acting Executive Director)

Njeri heads the legal department and provides legal aid, litigation, documentation and advocacy services to persons violated on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. 

Imani Kimiri—Safety and Security Response Personnel

Imani is a trained lawyer. who leads the response team when NGLHRC receives reports of violations of rights to privacy, dignity or equity of LGBTIQ or gender nonconforming persons.

Claire Fleming—Financial Consultant

Claire assists in accomplishing our financial objectives, developing financial strategies and monitoring our financial health. 


Mercy Njue - Administration & Communications Assistant

Mercy oversees front desk operations of NGLHRC and is the face of our office. She also assists with running our social media platforms and managing external communication.


Gaitho Waruguru— Research and Documentation Consultant

Gaitho is a human rights lawyer responsible for streamlining NGLHRC's documentation and conducting legal research projects. 

Kari Mugo — Operations Manager

Kari is helping strengthen NGLHRC's internal operations, providing staff support and assisting in the implementation of our institutional growth plan.


Our work is overseen by an Advisory Board which meets quarterly to monitor and review programs.


Our Board is made up of: Achieng Akena, Dr. Brian Bichanga, Dr. Stella Bosire, Ng'ethe Githinji, Arnold Kwesiga and Beryl Ogutu. Read more about our Board here.