The motivation for KFSE to support Gay Rights Activists comes from my own experience. After leaving Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya - GALCK, I was unable to find work in mainstream organizations because of my history of LGBT rights activism. This is particularly the case with those activists who are more publicly vocal and visible in this work.
As it often happens, these activists generally have good academic qualifications. Supporting them build on these skills but also create idiosyncratic qualifications will create a platform for their future employability sometimes. KFSE envisages supporting outstanding activists rejected in the job market build on scarce skills, which will make the same job market shy of continued rejection.
Of course it is not always about skill. I know again from my own experience that commitment to a course - in this case the LGBT Rights, can make one an undesirable candidate. I realize that my own uncompromising advocacy on HIV prevention programs for MSM that criticised the current approaches in Kenya has led some even within LGBT friendly circles to even deny me consultancy positions. So I understand better than most, what it means to be rejected in the job market because of an advocacy position. Yet the solution should not be to shy away from advocating unpopular position.
Instead of silencing vocal activists, we should provide support to them to increase their competitiveness in the job market. In this way we increase their likelihood of taking up positions of more responsibility, perhaps even within government, where they can actually bring about the desired change.
KFSE, is committed to increasing this capacity through academic or professional trainings of the activists. For many, this can be accomplished through focused courses, taking between 6 months to one year.