People in Kenya are demanding justice after Sheila Lumumba, a 25-year-old non-binary lesbian hospitality worker, was allegedly gang-raped by six men and murdered in her home.
Lumumba’s body was found in her home in Karatina, Nyeri County, after her colleagues noticed she had gone missing for four days, local TV station K24 reported.
After allegedly gang-raping Lumumba, the attackers reportedly then broke Lumumba’s leg and murdered them, according to the founder of Usikimye, a non-profit organization aimed at ending gender violence.
Police have not yet determined the motive behind Lumumba’s killing, according to the BBC.
According to Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Lumumba’s death is part of a pattern of attacks and violence against LGBT people in the country.
It bears mentioning that unfortunately these are not isolated incidences and are part of a pattern of attacks and violence against LGBTIQ+persons in the country#JusticeForSheila— #Repeal162 because #LoveIsHuman (@NGLHRC) April 21, 2022
Gay sex is illegal in Kenya, and LGBT people routinely face discrimination and stigma, the BBC reported.
News of Lumumba’s death has sparked widespread outrage in the country, with people demanding justice with the trending hashtag #JusticeForSheila.