While writing about the anti-gay law in Nigeria, I considered advocating that Africans who can needed to come out especially now that anti-gay sentiments are at an all time high in many African countries. People still see LGBTs as “them” and we need more people to see gay men and women as “part of us” so to speak. However I say ‘considered’ because I didn’t – it’s hard for me to push for something that I am not yet ready to do myself. So it was a welcome surprise when Binyanvanga Wainainia, the Kenyan writer and recipient of the 2002 Caine prize wrote this article as a “lost chapter” of his memoir in which he discusses his homosexuality. It has generated quite the buzz in gay and heterosexual circles especially since he isn’t the stereotypical gay male. While some doubt that this one article will make a dent in the anti-gay movement,I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Kenyan Writer Binyanvanga Wainaina Comes Out
January 25, 2014 at 11:48 am
The New York Times had an interesting article on him as well, thought you might find it of interest.
Have a great weekend D.C.
January 26, 2014 at 8:55 am
Thanks for the link Tom! That article was very cool. Thanks and hope you have a great weekend too 🙂
January 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm
indeed. brave. honest. i agree, the only way to fight the incredible ignorance and hatred that fuels homophobia in africa, is for glbti folks to proclaim their lived realities. this will take time and struggle (i know, easy for me to say). i remember when i lived in nigeria in the early 2000s, when I met gay people they all wanted to leave and go to the US or the UK. a natural desire in some ways, but that will never change the situation in countries that oppress glbti persons.
January 26, 2014 at 8:58 am
That really is true. Very few victories come without a price and LGBT freedom in many African countries may not come without people in those countries standing up.But it’s hard to tell someone to do something that could land them in jail when other viable options exist.
January 30, 2014 at 1:31 am
Progress begins with one small step. Hopefully, his acknowledgement of his sexuality will inspire others. Nice work, my blogging brother! 🙂
January 30, 2014 at 10:09 am