While Kenya does not participate in “Kill The Gays” legislation like many parts of Africa, homosexuality is illegal and punishable up to 14 years in prison. Because of this many wonder, including his own mother, why anti-poverty/gay rights activist David Kuria is even running for the 2012 election.
“The most important thing is not winning the election,” David her. “It’s establishing the relationship with the voters and getting your name out there. It’s not a must that I win. Either way, I will be happy.”
The brave 38-year-old has no fears of being harassed or murdered by anti-gay citizens. “It’s something that has to be done. And since no one is doing it, I think I have to volunteer myself to do it.”
Watch David Kuria’s segment below:
A work in progress, Out Run will eventually be a feature-length doc that follows LGBT activists running for election in unfriendly corners of the world. Chiang and Symons are using this character sketch of Kuria a fundraising tool for the project—they’re currently in the Philippines filming segments with Bemz Benedito, a transgender congressional candidate. (source)