Jackson Irungu, a gay Kenyan stylist and aspiring singer, was beaten up at a club earlier this week in Nairobi. The reason for his assault is said to be his choice of attire and possibly his sexual orientation. He is notable for coming forward as an out gay man in a CNN program documenting the struggles of gay men in Kenya. According to Identity Kenya, his picture was put up online on a social media website where people called him names and left such comments as “Burn him“. This is actually the part that distressed me in the sense that people could openly express such bitter and evil sentiments in a public forum. They would also be within their rights to do so, since often times the security services turn a blind eye to such cases. One of them left the nonchalant tweet below:
Sad isn’t it, the times we live in.
I hope he makes a swift and complete recovery.