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Is Marriage Just a Joke Pt 2 — Village Where Women Marry Women

They say it has nothing to do with love or sex & gay relationships are illegal in Kenya and Tanzania

TB Obwoge
5 min readOct 21, 2022


Friday, 21 October 2022

By: TB Obwoge

In a southwestern Kenyan village near the border with Tanzania, Grace Boke, a 19-year-old mother of three girls, lives with her wife — a woman who was unable to bear her own children.

They were married under “nyumba mboke”, a practice which allows for woman-to-woman unions, despite the fact that gay marriage is criminalised in Kenya.

“My father forced me to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) when I was very young, in class two, and immediately after that, I was involved with a man who made me pregnant and disappeared. My parents were very poor and decided to give me away for four cows to a woman with no children. She is now my partner,” Boke told Al Jazeera.

Source: Al Jazeera News

Photo by Tony Eight Media on Unsplash

William Ruto Newly Elected President of Kenya is said to be a homophobic man that sends fear into gay Kenyans lives.

Trans and queer people all over Kenya are bracing themselves for the day William Ruto assumes office as the country’s president.

It was announced last month that Ruto, who is currently the deputy president, had provisionally won the election. A date for his swearing-in is yet to be set.

Ruto’s 2015 attack on the LGBTIQ community was likely the first thing that came to mind for many queer Kenyans upon hearing the news.

Back then, in his capacity as deputy president — and in anticipation of the visit of US secretary of state John Kerry, which would begin later that day (3 May 2015) — Ruto told the congregation at a Nairobi church service: “The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. There is no room for…



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