Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-11-14
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Kenyan director of consumer protection seems to agree with anti-gay laws
From a Allied Progress press release
2018-07-30

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, Kenyan news outlet Mwakilishi.com reported that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( CFPB ) "Acting Director" Mick Mulvaney appeared to agree with bans on LGBTQ+ intimacy and relationships in Kenya and throughout the rest of Africa. The outlet further reported, "Mulvaney hinted at plans by Trump administration to scrap a policy by his predecessor Barack Obama for promoting gay rights in Africa." At the same time, the Wall Street Journal noted that Mulvaney has brought "a softer touch" to the CFPB's enforcement of laws that protect consumers.

"Through his words and actions, Mick Mulvaney has revealed himself to be a man with no regard for the impact his words and policies have on the lives of real people. His support for Kenyan laws that strip LGBTQ+ people of their simple human dignity and end up costing many their lives, is unconscionable," said Karl Frisch, Executive Director of Allied Progress.

He continued, "Mulvaney's support for these laws puts his perversion of the CFPB's consumer protection mission in important context. If someone is capable of supporting a repressive regime's laws banning same-sex love that cost many their lives, it's easier to understand why they feel no shame stacking the deck against consumers and in favor of big banks, predatory lenders, and financial scammers. Mulvaney seems incapable of expressing empathy, a vital human emotion all of our leaders should possess."

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The CFPB is going soft in its enforcement duties.The CFPB resumed enforcement actions after pausing them under Mick Mulvaney's leadership; however, the resumed enforcement strategy focuses on negotiating with targets rather than litigating disputes. In recent settlements under Mulvaney, multiple cases did not include compensation for harmed consumers.[Yuka Hayashi, "CFPB Enforcement Is Back—With a Softer Touch," Wall Street Journal, 07/26/18]

Mulvaney hasn't even filed a single lawsuit since becoming CFPB Acting Director. [Yuka Hayashi, "CFPB Enforcement Is Back—With a Softer Touch," Wall Street Journal, 07/26/18]

Mulvaney thinks that discouraging anti-gay discrimination in Kenya is "'religious persecution'" and weakens "'Christian values.'" Mick Mulvaney defended Kenyan laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals saying that Obama Administration policies that promoted gay rights in Africa amounted to "'religious persecution.'" Mulvaney said it was "'stunning'" that the United States would withhold money from Kenya because of laws against gay marriage and abortion. Mulvaney said that doing so amounted to "'[discouraging] Christian values in other democratic countries.'" [John Wanjohi, "Trump Official Agrees with President Kenyatta's View on Gay Rights," Mwakilishi, 07/28/18]

Kenya's anti-gay laws criminalize consensual same-sex intimacy between adults, contribute to violence against the gay community, and prevent LGBTQ+ Kenyans from obtaining justice. Kenyan laws criminalize consensual sex between same-sex adults, and critics have said these laws are used to justify violence against LGBTQ individuals. According to Human Rights Watch, anti-LGBT laws make it difficult for those individuals to seek justice when they are victims of crimes in Kenya. [Tom Odula, "Rights group challenges Kenya's anti-gay laws in court," Associated Press, 02/22/18; "The Issue is Violence Attacks on LGBT People on Kenya's Coast." Human Rights Watch, 09/28/15]

Until recently, Kenyan adults accused of same-sex relationships were subjected to invasive medical exams, and were told they were not welcome by Kenya's Vice President. Until 2018, Kenyan law allowed for conducting forced anal exams on people accused of same-sex relations. In March 2018, a Kenyan court ruled the law was unconstitutional, but a different Kenyan court had upheld the law in 2016. Kenya's vice president has also said there is "'no room'" for gay people in Kenya. ["Kenya: Court Finds Forced Anal Exams Unconstitutional," Human Rights Watch, 03/22/18; Max Bearak, "Gay Kenyans sense they may be on the brink of a historic legal triumph," The Washington Post, 04/03/18]

Allied Progress is a consumer watchdog organization that uses hard-hitting research and creative campaigns to stand up to corporate special interests and hold their allies in Congress and the White House accountable.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Local minister ejects gay parishioner for wearing 'women's clothes' 2018-11-18 - A Chicago minister drew fire in social media after video circulated online showing him demanding that a gay individual leave services for wearing ...


Gay News

Couple sue police officer, others after nightclub attack 2018-11-17 - A gay Chicago couple is continuing their civil lawsuit against a Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officer, an Oak Park police officer ...


Gay News

Griffin to step down as HRC president 2018-11-15 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that President Chad Griffin has informed the board of directors that he will depart the ...


Gay News

Trans Israeli activist speaks at Temple Sholom 2018-11-15 - Ofer Erez—Jerusalem Open House ( JOH ) CEO and the first trans officer to serve openly in the Israel Defense Forces ( IDF ...


Gay News

Competition aims to bring starter homes to working-class families 2018-11-14 - As gentrification seeps into various Chicago communities, affordable housing sits on the opposite side of the table, especially in the design and architectural ...


Gay News

GUEST COLUMN Battling Trump via art, an actor's superpower 2018-11-14 - Let's acknowledge one thing, after two years of misery: Our president is not stupid. He is not an idiot or moron. In ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Pritzker holds press conference, talks LGBT issues 2018-11-14 - On Nov. 7, Illinois Gov.-Elect J.B. Pritzker held a press conference at the Roosevelt Red Line CTA Station in Chicago's South Loop. He ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Personal PAC marks midterm successes 2018-11-14 - Chicago-based reproductive-rights organization Personal PAC marked a number of successes in the Nov. 6 midterms, particularly the defeat of one of its longtime ...


Gay News

Nigerian activist in Glen Ellyn on Nov. 18 2018-11-14 - Nigerian-born LGBT-rights activist and interfaith minister Davis Mac-Iyalla will speak Sunday, Nov. 18, at the First Congregational Church of Glenn Ellyn, 535 Forest ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2019 Chicago NOW PAC backs Preckwinkle 2018-11-14 - The Chicago NOW PAC is endorsing Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for mayor of Chicago. "We are extremely excited to be supporting ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.