No problem with gays, but keep it to yourself, say Kenyans

Junior Mayema,

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I don’t know Why Africans want gays to be in closets for lifetime, That is what my younger brother is now telling me, This is what he posted on my timeline on facebook in French :

MB frero juste t dire q ta vie privé c a caché

He said that i have to go back to the closet this is utter nonsense, gay africans must be free to live their lives openly and love who they love without fear or arbitrary arrests.

They don’t even know what being in the closet can cost a gay person, the closet is like a prison YOU HEAR ME PRISON, people go through life living a lie, engaging to risky behaviors, trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, abusing substances and alcohol and more, this is just to count some.

For me my advice is every gay person must come out of the closet as soon as they reach the age of puberty or adolescence just before they start feeling as if they don’t belong in this world and start self harm or self sabotaging or harming themselves, lets us all give gay people everywhere the opportunity to be themselves and come out of the closets.

There is no such a thing as african culture, we all know how fatal those cultures can be sometime when it comes to female genital mutilations, child marriages and more, gay people exist in Africa stop telling me about African culture and please don’t add religion because you know that christianity was brought to Africa during colonization that is how most of African countries inherited sodomy laws from the british

Here is what Harvey Milk said about this :

And this is the link of the  story below :

No problem with gays, but keep it to yourself, say Kenyans

http://news.yahoo.com/no-problem-gays-keep-yourself-kenyans-094627327.html

 

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Nairobi (AFP) – People in Nairobi on Sunday gave a muted and measured response to US President Barack Obama’s firm support for gay rights during his visit to Kenya.

Standing alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta outside State House on Saturday, Obama answered a journalist’s question on gay rights by drawing equivalence between homophobia and racism.

“As an African-American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,” Obama said.

The comparison is particularly stinging in Kenya, which, like other African countries, has a proud history of resisting and overcoming colonial rule by white foreigners.

“When you start treating people differently –- because they’re different –- that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode, and bad things happen,” said Obama, adding that treating people differently “because of who they love is wrong, full stop.”

“I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this,” said Obama, who previously spoke in support of gay rights during a visit to Senegal in 2013.

Then, President Macky Sall replied that his country was “not ready” to decriminalise homosexuality, which is illegal in 35 African countries and carries the death penalty in four, according to campaign group Amnesty International.

On Saturday, Kenyatta repeated his argument that, for Kenyans, gay rights is “really a non-issue”. He said it was an area of disagreement for Kenya and the US.

“There are some things we don’t share, that our society, our culture, don’t accept,” Kenyatta said.

– ‘Spirit of gayism’ –

Edna Kendi, a 29-year old software developer was unimpressed by Obama publicly advocating gay rights. “He has to respect our culture,” she said. “People can be gay but they should do so in private and quietly.”

Kendi urged Obama to “stick to issues that are pertinent to the visit,” for her, corruption and trade.

Moses Abok, a 49-year old motorbike taxi driver waiting for customers beneath a shady jacaranda tree, echoed Kenyatta’s view.

“To me, it doesn’t matter. The spirit of gayism is inside just a few people,” he said using a common Kenyan term for homosexuality. “It’s not a big deal for us.”

But Abok also welcomed Obama’s words. “What he said is we should value all people, we shouldn’t alienate or eliminate those people, because they are part of us, they are human beings,” he said.

Ruo Maina, a 50-year old businessman in the manufacturing industry who had popped out to buy the Sunday papers, said what you do at home is nobody’s business.

“As long as you do it in private, we don’t care,” he said. Maina was not interested in public debates on gay rights, but added that Kenya’s vocal anti-gay extremists are equally indulging in unnecessary “provocation”.

“We don’t need to be saying it is deviant,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto periodically addresses evangelical Christian churches to warn against homosexuality. There is “no room” for gays in Kenya he told worshippers in May, and in July railed against the US for allowing “gay relations and other dirty things.”

Anti-gay firebrand Irungu Kangata leads a cross-party caucus seeking to have the country’s existing anti-homosexuality laws –- which include a maximum 14-year sentence –- to be strictly applied and makes frequent media appearances to explain that “gayism” is a lifestyle choice that can and should be unmade.

Vincent Kadala, an aspiring politician whose Republican Liberty Party has no seats in parliament, threatened to rally 5,000 naked men and women in order to show Obama “the difference between a man and woman”.

The promised protest attracted a lot of media attention but was never held.

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