Collectively, homosexuals were called mke-si-mume (literally woman, not man).
Among the Maasai people, traditions of cross-dressing were common and typically performed at rituals.
Homosexuals are known as shoga (plural: mashoga), and historically had certain social roles, such as drumming and playing music at marriages and other festivals.
In Zanzibar, 25 years imprisonment for males, and for females, 5 years imprisonment or a 500,000 shilling fine.
Vigilante executions, beatings and torture Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Tanzania face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
During initiation rituals, young male Maasai would often dress as women and wear the surutya (ear-rings worn by women to show that they are married) and other female garments.
Among the Kuria people, lesbian marriages were, and still are to some extent, quite commonplace.