The video also features photos of the writer Binyavanga Wainaina, one of the few openly gay Kenyan public figures, as well as George Barasa, a Kenyan gospel artist who came out in 2013. ”Somebody has to stand and speak against what is going on,” Barasa told Reuters earlier this month.

A lawyer for Google Kenya told the Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB), the country’s regulator of all visual content, that it cannot take down the video because it operates separately from YouTube, according to local media reports over the weekend.

A spokesperson for Google in the US told Quartz by email, ”YouTube has clear policies that outline what content is acceptable to post and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users. We review government removal requests when notified through the correct legal processes and in keeping with our company philosophy on transparency and freedom of expression.”

Even the head of KFCB, Ezekiel Mutua admits that homosexuality is an evolving issue in Kenya. Matua told local media that the country is dealing with a “war of ideologies” and that if a homosexual man applied for a job with the regulator he would not be turned away.

“But if they kiss one another man in public,” he added, ”they will be condemned.”

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