Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina says he is gay

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Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina: “I am homosexual”

Binyavanga Wainaina    Photo by Nightscream, Wikimedia Commons Binyavanga Wainaina won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing

 

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”.

His decision…

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