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Hepatitis B vaccination

As a way of preventing hepatitis B, we organized for qualified health care workers from the Malindi General Hospital to come and vaccinate our people within the DIC (Drop In Center) today.

The activity was a success since most of our people have benefitted a lot from this and also for the fact that most of us are at risk for contacting/transmitting hepatitis B unknowingly.

#vaccine

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Sensitization of local cultural leaders

Amkeni Malindi, in partnership with the community health department, recently held a successful sensitization meeting with local cultural leaders to educate the elderly on matters of health and HIV prevention. During the meeting, attendees were given an in-depth understanding of Amkeni Malindi’s work in promoting HIV prevention and linkage.

The event was well received by the community and received positive feedback from those in attendance. Participants appreciated the opportunity to learn more about important health issues and the role that Amkeni Malindi plays in promoting health and preventing the spread of HIV.

We are proud to have made a positive impact in the community and will continue to work towards improving the health and well-being of those we serve. We would like to extend our gratitude to the community health department for their partnership in making this event a success.

#AmkeniMalindi #CommunityHealth # HIVprevention

Monthly microplanning meeting for January 2023

Last week we conducted our first monthly microplaning meeting. The peer educators, along with their supervisors, met to evaluate the progress of their monthly reports and to plan for the next month’s activities. During the meeting, the peer educators presented their reports on the number of people they reached out to, the activities they carried out, and the challenges they faced. The supervisors provided feedback and guidance on the reports and also discussed strategies to address any challenges that were encountered. They also managed to plan for next month’s activities. The peer educators discussed the topics they would be focusing on while reaching out to their peers in their respective hotspots. The supervisors provided suggestions and resources to support the planned activities.

Overall, the Microplaning activity was productive in evaluating the progress of the peer education program, addressing any challenges encountered and planning for the next month’s activities. The peer educators left the meeting with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities for the next month and the support they would be receiving from their supervisors.

We were also privileged to receive the OCS for Malindi who was also given an opportunity to come and exchange a word with our peer educators.

Types of sexualities

Allosexual

The term allosexual refers to anyone who experiences sexual attraction. Those who identify as allosexual can also identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or any other orientation, because allosexuality isn’t linked to gender but simply attraction. This is as opposed to asexuality, described below.

Androsexual

Someone who is androsexual will find themselves sexually or emotionally attracted to folks on the more masculine side. For some people, this attraction has very little to do with biology; it’s more about having a masculine identity or gender presentation. Alternatively, some people also use the term androsexual to refer to attraction to any folks with penises, though still with a focus on people with more masculine presentations.

Asexual

An asexual individual typically doesn’t experience sexual attraction to any gender. However, it is possible for an asexual being to be romantically attracted to people of other genders or the same gender, and some asexual people do have sex in certain circumstances.

Autosexual

Have you ever wished there were two of you so you could have sex with yourself? If you answer yes, then you might be autosexual, aka someone who is sexually attracted to themselves.

Bi-curious

Bi-curious refers to someone who is looking to explore or has already begun exploring bisexuality. There’s some disagreement about whether this term has roots in biphobia, however.

Bisexual

Someone who is bisexual will likely find themselves romantically, sexually, or emotionally attracted to more than one gender. It can sometimes overlap with pansexuality, which is the attraction to people regardless of gender. (Here’s more on how to know if you’re pansexual vs. bisexual.

Closeted

Closeted, also referred to as “in the closet,” refers to anyone who is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, but they have yet to publicly acknowledge this truth. These people typically have good reasons to keep their sexual identity to themselves, such as for safety from an intolerant community or to avoid discrimination associated with being “out” of the closet. Some closeted people may or may never “come out.”

Demisexual

Demisexual falls on the asexual spectrum. It describes someone who only experiences sexual attraction to folks they already have established a strong romantic or emotional relationship with.

Fluid

Some people describe themselves as sexually fluid. A person who is fluid experiences their sexuality or sexual identity as changing over time or in different contexts rather than having one finite way they experience attraction.

Gay

The word gay is used to describe someone who is sexually, romantically, or emotionally attracted to people of the same gender. In some cases, women who date other women prefer to use the word lesbian, while others opt to use queer.

Graysexual

Graysexual people are all about the gray area of the sexuality spectrum and tend to experience limited sexual attraction. This means they’ll rarely experience sexual attraction, and when they do, it’s usually not very intense.

Heterosexual or straight

Heterosexual or straight refers to people who are only attracted, whether sexually, emotionally, or romantically, to people of the “opposite” gender—i.e., men who are attracted to women exclusively, or women who are attracted to men exclusively.

Heteroflexible or homoflexible

A heteroflexible person is mostly straight (heterosexual) though occasionally is attracted to the same gender or other genders. A homoflexible person likewise is mostly gay (homosexual) though occasionally is attracted to the “opposite” gender. For example, a homoflexible man might primarily date and sleep with men but occasionally date or sleep with a woman. Like bi-curiosity, there’s still ongoing debate over whether these terms are rooted in biphobia.

Homosexual

The term homosexual is a bit outdated, but it refers to anyone who is attracted to people of the same or a similar gender.

Lesbian

A lesbian is a woman who is mentally, physically, and emotionally attracted to other women. Some women who date women prefer to be called gay or queer. Some people who don’t identify as women but do have more feminine aspects to their gender—for example, a more feminine-leaning nonbinary person—might also use the term lesbian to describe themselves and their relationships with other feminine people.

Pansexual

Someone who identifies as pansexual experiences attraction to folks regardless of sex or gender identity.

Queer

The dictionary defines queer as something “odd, strange, or weird,” but the word has since been reclaimed and redefined. These days, queer is an umbrella term that is sometimes used to describe anyone within the LGBTQ+ community. The term also provides a sense of community for those who may not fit into one of the other categories specifically but also don’t identify as straight or cisgender.

Questioning

Someone who falls into the questioning category is someone who is questioning their current sexual identity and curious about exploring different aspects of sexuality or gender. For example, this could apply to someone who has always identified as a lesbian but is now wondering whether they’re also attracted to men.

Sapiosexual

You might be seeing this word used in social media and dating app bios more often these days. A sapiosexual person is someone whose attraction is based on intelligence rather than sex or gender.

Sex-repulsed

Someone who is sex-repulsed is repulsed or disgusted by sex or sexual behavior. This person falls on the spectrum of asexuality.

Skoliosexual

Skoliosexual is one of the newer terms on the sexuality scene, and it refers to a person who is attracted to anyone who isn’t cisgender. This means a skoliosexual will usually find themselves drawn to people who are trans or nonbinary.

Spectrasexual

A spectrasexual is sexually or romantically attracted to a wide range of sexes, genders, and gender identities.

Board Chairlady

AMKENI has an appointed Board of directors, but they are not AMKENI members. A Board of
directors has been appointed to provide particular knowledge and guidance in the running of the
organization.

NEKESA WANDERA is a Human right Activist and a Researcher. I advocate for the rights of Gender and sexual minorities in Sexual and reproduction health and rights, and inclusion of GSM in  both county and  national  health budgeting . As a researcher, I ought to Understand people and communities to Create a better and fairer society by providing the evidence and insight for the next generation of public policy and programmes. Previously worked with Global fund to end modern slavery (GFEM) as programs lead for adolescent and young sex workers in Mombasa County. Currently am working as Health promotion officer in PEMA KENYA and 2022-2023 1000 voices Every woman Treaty fellow.”

Defining the LGBTQIA+ spectrum

LESBIAN 

A woman whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction is to other women. Some lesbians may prefer to identify as gay or as gay women.

GAY 

The adjective describes people whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions are to people of the same sex. Sometimes lesbian is the preferred term for women.

BISEXUAL 

A person who can form enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attractions to those of the same gender or more than one gender. People may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime. Bisexual people need not have had specific sexual experiences to be bisexual; they need not have had any sexual experience at all to identify as bisexual.

TRANSGENDER 

An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. People under the transgender umbrella may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms— including transgender or nonbinary. Some transgender people are prescribed hormones by their doctors to bring their bodies into alignment with their gender identity. Some undergo surgery as well. But not all transgender people can or will take those steps, and a transgender identity is not dependent upon physical appearance or medical procedures.

QUEER        

An adjective used by some people whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual or straight. This umbrella term includes people who have nonbinary, gender-fluid, or gender nonconforming identities. Once considered a pejorative term, queer has been reclaimed by some LGBTQIA+ people to describe themselves; however, it is not a universally accepted term even within the LGBTQIA+ community.

QUESTIONING

Sometimes, when the Q is seen at the end of LGBT, it can also mean questioning. This term describes someone who is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.

INTERSEX 

An adjective used to describe a person with one or more innate sex characteristics, including genitals, internal reproductive organs, and chromosomes, that fall outside of traditional conceptions of male or female bodies. Do not confuse having an intersex trait with being transgender. Intersex people are assigned a sex at birth — either male or female — and that decision by medical providers and parents may not match the gender identity of the child. Not all intersex folks identify as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

ASEXUAL  

The adjective describes a person who does not experience sexual attraction. Sometimes shortened to “ace,” it is an umbrella term that can also include people who are demisexual, meaning they do experience some sexual attraction; graysexual, meaning those who may not fit the strictest definition of the word asexual; and aromantic, meaning they experience little to no romantic attraction and/or has little to no desire to form romantic relationships.

+ PLUS 

The ‘plus’ is used to signify all of the gender identities and sexual orientations that letters and words cannot yet fully describe.

Monthly Mental Health Session

Mental health session at Amkeni Mld aimed to provide support and resources for the transgender community. The session was led by a licensed therapist who discussed the unique challenges that transgender individuals may face and provided coping strategies for managing mental health. During the session, participants engaged in group discussions and activities that focused on self-care, self-acceptance, and building a supportive community. Attendees also had the opportunity to connect with one another and share their experiences.

Overall, the session was well-received by attendees, with many reporting that they felt more equipped to take care of their mental health and felt more connected to the transgender community. Amkeni Mld is committed to continuing to provide support and resources for the transgender community in the future.

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Exchange Visit

Amkeni Mld had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from our sister organization, MPEG. The visitors were interested in learning about the inner workings of key population organizations like ours, and we were more than happy to share our knowledge and experience with them. The delegation was greeted by our organization’s leadership and given a tour of our facilities. They were able to observe our various programs in action and speak with staff and clients to gain a better understanding of the services we provide. Our visitors also had a chance to ask questions and learn about the challenges we face in serving key populations and how we work to overcome them.

We also shared information about our governance, funding, and partnerships, and discussed how we measure impact and success. The visitors were particularly interested in our community-led approach and how it informs our programing and advocacy.

Overall, it was a productive and enlightening experience for both Amkeni Mld and MPEG. We hope that the information shared will be useful in strengthening their own organization and the work they do for key populations. We look forward to continuing our relationship with MPEG and supporting each other in our shared mission.