Fear has gripped the Kenyan LGBT community this morning as we woke to front page tabloid exposing LGBT people. Many now fear for their lives as their faces have been exposed to the public as gay.
The Milimani Law Court recently granted the LGBT society the legal recognition as an association. Gays and Lesbians can now openly register an umbrella organization to fight for and defend their human rights.
William Ruto expressed his opinion frowning highly upon Homosexuality as a whole. There were harsh tweets about it and as much as people criticized the courts; others supported it. There was a very interesting ‘open letter’ by Abigail Arunga on the Daily Nation strongly opposing Ruto’s statement. She openly expressed her disappointment at the Kenyan government for concentrating on trivial issues;
“Instead of discussing the numerous Kenyans who died recently, Parliament is busy forming anti-gay caucuses. This is why we, as a nation, cannot prosper, because we are busy debating things like whether people should be allowed to fight for their basic, human, inalienable rights.”
As everyone was busy getting at them for their love life, homosexuals continued with their life. A good friend of mine says when asked is,
” The best thing about being gay is its ILLEGAL. I love breaking rules.”
I figured after that conversation that the only reason homosexuals make the talk about homosexuality light is because it’s better making a joke about it than being condemned for who you are.
According to a PEW Research Center study surveying LGBT in the U.S.A, bisexuals seldom come out to family and friends as compared to gays and lesbians (28% v. 77% and 71% in that order). Nevertheless, with every passing day, more people come out of the closet as gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan author who has been openly gay for a while now. Noti Flow, an actress and musician, who has admitted to being bisexual. Vanessa Chettle, also admitted to be Bi (a term often used for bisexuals). These are few among others in the public eye who are proud of their sexuality.
The likes of Chris Kirubi (Millionaire) , Ian Mugoya (Actor), Chimanu (Sauti Sol)…among others have left us still guessing. Others like Salma Mbuvi, the Nairobi senator’s daughter, have us shocked at her IG post making out with a fellow girl.
No homosexuality based films can be aired in Kenya. A film like ‘ Story of Our Lives’ by The Nest never reached Kenyans TV screens. The Kenya Film Classification Board banned it claiming “obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities and (for promoting) homosexuality, which is contrary to…national norms and values.”
A lesbian ,who chooses to stay anonymous, says;
‘Homosexuals are normal people. It’s no disease. Not something I can wake up and change about myself. Whoever i chose to love is my own business. People shouldn’t judge me.’
I remember vividly sometime last year or was it 2014, we were watching 9 o’clock news when the bulletin on the LGBT protest came up and my grandmother said only one statement, ”This is madness!!” Then we began a discussion on whether it was wrong or right? Obviously you know what side she’s on. I, on the other hand, believe whatever you do in the privacy of your room, is really your business.
So, how are someone’s sexual preference a matter of national concern? How is Homosexuality African? What does it mean to be ‘African’? Will sending people to prison change them? How does who you sleep with make you a bad person? I simply can’t understand what the fracas is all about.
I’m not campaigning for homosexuality, I just want a good understanding as to why I should ‘Loathe’ them when we’re all human and same in every aspect. Anyone care to enlighten me?