The Discrimination & Negative Connotations of AIDS and Gays in Kenya : Why does Kenya face these issues?

Why does Kenya hold negative views towards those associated with the LGBT?  I presume religion is a key factor in the criminalization of homosexuality, This leads to the government in Kenya to systematically abuse the LGBT by asserting their beliefs into the law. Families from the past generation pass down their ideal way of life through the family tree of many Kenyan families, this allows them to assert what they believe is righteous.

“It takes a village to raise a child” an african saying, meaning that it is a community effort to teach what is right or wrong.This says a lot about the society in Kenya, people gather their food for thought around those who surround them, they are then rendered to hold the same beliefs that their predecessors had . I see this as being  a common thing in all societies in both Kenya and outside of Kenya, we’re wired to think like the majority of the population, this is a problem for many reasons. When we think like those around us we follow things blindly, we become unaware of  ourselves thus leading us to lose our identity and our own sense of righteousness.

I’d say there is  a psychological  element to those learning from others of how to perceive the  LGBT in Kenya, In a community we create a mob mentality in ways we come to approach things. Kenya in particular has a majority of christians and muslims, in both the bible and koran homosexuality is a sin. There is a chain reaction that transcends from friends,families, and peers that create an influence on how others perceive individuals, humans in general like to be like minded when interpreting what is morally wrong or right. Social Cognitive Theory, learning from what we see in others besides ourselves, humans learn from themselves which molds a certain characteristic  or personality that manifests into their way of seeing things. This theory can be applied to a community raising a child, “monkey see monkey do”,  It’s all about how we collect information and our self identity from mimicking those we look up to,

These beliefs are later introduced to children in community churches, family gatherings, or schools. Children learn best from their parents, just as children in america may lean towards being a liberal or conservative in america just as their parents. It would be a rare occurrence for a child in Kenya to oppose the Ideas that their parents are found to be loyal to.

“It takes a village to raise a child” an african saying, meaning that it is a community effort to teach what is right or wrong.This says a lot about the society in Kenya, people gather their food for thought around those who surround them, they are then rendered to hold the same beliefs that their predecessors had . I see this as being  a common thing in all societies in both Kenya and outside of Kenya, we’re wired to think like the majority of the population, this is a problem for many reasons. When we think like those around us we follow things blindly, we become unaware of  ourselves thus leading us to lose our identity and our own sense of righteousness.

Kenya has  a long way to go before it is even close to the progressive image that it portrays it self to be, These negative perceptions of the gay community  asserted into the Kenyan society creates a barrier for the young LGBT to release the baggage of being in the closet for so long. Kenya will face repercussions from the abuse that underlies its society against these individuals, It will gradually be what keeps them from moving forward to a brighter future, If change doesn’t occur they’re doomed to be in a stagnate state rather than evolving.

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