NGLHRC recognizes that stigma, discrimination, harassment and violence towards the LGBTIQ community comes mostly from ordinary citizens. The most common forms of such abuses are; blackmail, torture, verbal harassment, threats, physical abuse and sexual violence. We recognize that this prejudice towards the community is caused largely by:
- invisibility of the LGBTIQ community
- general ignorance and stereotyping of LGBTIQ individuals, and
- incitement from politicians and religious leaders that label sexual and gender minorities as outsiders or "un-African"
Through advocacy and public engagement, we are changing the prevailing attitudes on diversity. Because without a change in society's attitudes towards the community, there can be no public space for the enjoyment of the rights we seek to protect.
One of the first steps towards social change, requires occupying public media spaces to bust myths and stereotypes on LGBTIQ identity and persons. NGLHRC works to replace these myths with factual information that is beyond reproach.
Since we announced our organisation at our inaugural annual Gay and Lesbian Awards (GALA) dinner held at Nairobi's City Hall, NGLHRC has been intentional about occupying public space. Our advocacy and engagement efforts include:
- participation in topical issues of governance with other Civil Society Organisations
- media campaigns
- holding our annual public Upinde Gay and Lesbian Awards dinner to honor those fighting against homophobia , biphobia and transphobia in Kenya
- engaging in civic protests and other political actions in solidarity with allies across the social justice movement
- university debates and lectures on equality
- trainings on LGBTIQ sensitivity targeted to the protection and resettlement caseworkers as well as their implementing partners
- training of police and health workers
- quarterly stakeholder meetings around sexual orientation and gender identity issues in Kenya
- lobbying Members of Parliament on equality
- Magistrates training