Welcome to part 5 of the Pride Month Series. Today we have N. Afrika, a lesbian and a radical feminist.
Welcome to part 4 of the Pride Month Series, a series where we highlight the stories of LGBTQ+ Kenyans. Today we have K* (identity concealed), a young Kenyan, LGBTQ identity = gay, pronouns = he/him.
Welcome to part 3 of the Pride Month Series, a series where we highlight the stories of LGBTQ+ Kenyans. Today we have Fi (not her real name), a young Kenyan, LGBTQ identity = lesbian.
Pride Series was created to highlight the stories of Kenyan LGBTQ+ persons. For part two, we have E.O., an openly-gay young Kenyan lesbian.
Today is the first day of Pride Month. June was chosen for Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. For Pride Month, we talked to several Kenyan LGBTQ people to highlight their stories. Because of the volatile situation against LGBTQ people in Kenya, their names will not be revealed. For part 1, we have a 22-year old gay Muslim, he/him.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have no doubt seen the hashtag #Repeal162 all over social media and heard about it in the news. If you go to church (or any other religious building like mosque or synagogue etc), you must have heard the pastor (religious leader) talk about the "gay agenda" and how this is a sign of the end times. But let's pump the brakes. What really is #Repeal162?
PS: THE FOLLOWING IS A WORK OF FICTION
There's this burning in my chest that I just can’t free myself from. A hollowing in my soul, a heart rugged with scars. How do I put this aptly – I’m dying. Slowly, I’m sinking into the abyss that my life has become. The pain I’ve been trying not to feel for so long is coming down hard on me. I must’ve been a fool to think that I could’ve remained forever numb. It runs so deep in my veins I just want to let it out, let it flow, and so if you come across cut marks on my arms or slashes on my wrists, do not be surprised. Pain flows in, blood flows out. Or maybe anorexia. Or bulimia. Or shit that actually works, say cocaine or heroin? Maybe even crystal meth.