Yesterday, we told you about President Obama’s plan to deliver a “blunt message” to African leaders about anti-gay discrimination despite objections from political and religious leaders.
Said Obama in the BBC interview before his planned trip to Kenya and Ethiopia:
I am not a fan of discrimination and bullying of anybody on the basis of race, on the basis of religion, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender. And I think that this is actually part and parcel of the agenda that’s also going to be front and centre, and that is how are we treating women and girls.
And as somebody who has family in Kenya and knows the history of how the country so often is held back because women and girls are not treated fairly, I think those same values apply when it comes to different sexual orientations.
Following the interview, BBC took to the streets of Nairobi to gauge the public’s reaction to Obama’s remarks. While many were opposed to the idea of Obama speaking out in favor of gay rights, a few were surprisingly supportive.