Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina: “I am homosexual”
Leading Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has come out to say he is gay, making him one of the most high-profile Africans to do so.
He made the disclosure in an article entitled: I am a homosexual, mum, coinciding with his 43rd birthday on 18 January.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya and many other African states.
His statement comes amid a fierce debate about gay rights in several African countries.
Of course my friends knew, but I had been toying with how useful it would be to make a public statement for close to eight months” Binyavanga Wainaina
Nigeria has recently passed legislation tightening restrictions on homosexual groups, while Uganda’s president has blocked a similar bill.
Mr Wainaina has strongly criticised Nigeria’s anti-gay law, saying it “shames us all”.
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