Gay Bashing in Nairobi

14 Feb

jackson_irunguJackson 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:

ID Kenya tweet

Sad isn’t it, the times we live in.

I hope he makes a swift and complete recovery.


Posted by on February 14, 2013 in The Business of Living


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11 responses to “Gay Bashing in Nairobi

  1. D.C.

    February 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Queer Landia.

  2. Tom Janus

    February 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Makes me pause and wonder…will this kinda of thing ever go away…just sad.

    • D.C.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      I think it will happen one day but I seriously doubt it will be during my time..

  3. Rainbow Tinkerbell

    February 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Im kenyan and this types of homophobic assaults constantly puts me in fear to even walk around town with my girlfriend or friends.Too sad. I know the guy and I feel terrible that he had to go through that.

    • D.C.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      I hope he’s getting better though..

  4. Rainbow Tinkerbell

    February 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Breaking Down the Walls and commented:
    Too sad.

  5. aguywithoutboxers

    February 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Like you stated, it is sad and tragic. Such hatred isn’t healthy for both the perpetrators and the victims. I wish him a speedy recovery and admiration for his courage.

  6. aguywithoutboxers

    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    As an afterthought on my previous comment here, I just discovered your blog today. I’m a follower now and look forward to reading more from you in the future!

    • D.C.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Have fun 😀

  7. kenyanphil

    February 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I am ashamed to live in a town that can do that. 😦

    • D.C.

      February 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

      What happened was sad and I hope it doesn’t happen again. It also falls on us to change people’s ideas about homosexuality as best as we can, keeping in mind our limitations.


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