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On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Honourable George Peter Kaluma, MP of Kenya’s Homa Bay Town Constituency declared his intention to bring forward legislation to criminalize and punish homosexuality and its promotion.

Together with 2SLGBTQ+ communities and allies, we firmly condemn this hateful legislation.

We have seen the rise of homophobic rhetoric, sentiment, and policies worldwide. These discriminatory policies result in barriers to accessing day-to-day essential resources, and lives being lost.

Through our New to Canada and Housing programs, we witness the increasing desperate need for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers to find a safe, supportive, and affirming community. We will continue to respond to the needs of LGBTQ+ refugees, and support activists and advocates in denouncing such harmful, life-threatening legislation.