Binyavanga drops gay bombshell

Binyavanga Wainaina. Mixed reactions greeted the news as Kenyans continued to grapple with Binyavanga’s revelation of his homosexuality. PHOTO/FILE

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  • But while the Nairobi grapevine has always been alive with muted talk of Kwani? founding editor’s sexual orientation, his confession on Sunday shocked the nation and sent the social media abuzz at a time when African nations such as Nigeria and Uganda are enacting controversial anti-gay laws.
  • “I am not afraid to talk. In fact I am doing a documentary on it because this thing must be discussed. Kenyans should discuss it in all platforms but not before they hear the full story. I know you called me over this matter of coming out. I will talk but I don’t want the media to manage my story”.
  • The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya on Tuesday welcomed Binyavanga’s move. “It shows there are many people in the professions who have not come out. It is a great achievement. Once a prominent person comes out, many will come out. It helps a lot,” said advocacy officer John Mathenge.

When we asked literary sensation Binyavanga Wainaina last year why he had not married at 42, the winner of the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing said he had not found reason to marry yet.


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