Bata has been accused of promoting LGBTQ with their latest show designs.
The multinational footwear company is one of the largest producers and retailers of footwear in the world, with operations in over 70 countries. Bata offers a wide range of footwear products, including casual, formal, sports, and safety shoes, for men, women, and children.
Bata has existed for many years and are known for their good quality, and affordable shoes. In a photo seen by Sonko News, they are being critiqued for advancing the LGBTQ agenda by stocking rubber shoes with rainbow colors, which is a sign associated with the queer community.
In Kenya, homosexuality is considered a criminal offense and is punishable by imprisonment under colonial-era laws. The LGBTQ community in Kenya faces widespread discrimination, social stigma, and human rights violations.
The shoes have attracted attention as Kenyans online blame them for promoting and advancing the queer community.
Despite some progress in recent years, including the recognition of transgender people and the legalization of gay sex in some countries, homosexuality remains largely taboo in Kenya and is often met with violence and hostility. Nyali MP Mohamed Ali, recently said it was a non issue, following the brutal murder of fashionista Edwin Chiloba.
The government has also taken steps to restrict the rights of LGBTQ individuals, including shutting down organizations that advocate for LGBTQ rights. Despite these challenges, the LGBTQ community in Kenya is slowly gaining visibility and fighting for equal rights and acceptance.
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