A Gay Kenyan Caught Up In the Violence

Jim Burroway

January 19th, 2008

Gay Nairobi Man’s blog has gone silent for the past three weeks, ever since Kenya erupted into ethnic violence following the December 27 presidential elections. He has now posted about the situation of a gay friend, a college student from Eldoret, a cosmopolitan university town where he mixed freely with members of other tribes as a gay man. But all that has changed:

When the post election violence broke out, a friend of his warned him the night before that their house and business were targeted for burning. He was personally being targeted because of how he looks and behaves.

His friend also warned him that he was due to be raped by a gang of warriors to be “taught how to be man”. Apparently amongst the people to attack them were a few friends who knew about his being gay. He managed to warn his family and they moved to a nearby police station for protection. As expected, the family lost everything they owned and are one of the many displaced Kenyans camping in Nakuru.

Ben in oakland

January 19th, 2008

We have capital punishment to kill people to show people who kill people
that killing people is wrong.

And then we have “straight” men who so disapprove of homosexuality that they will have gay sex with a gay man to make him straight and learn what a real man is like.

Like a rapist? Like a violent mindless thug? Like a very confused person who is so out of touch with his own mind and body that he can think of something like this and not notice the, shall we say, DISSONANCE? Unclear on the concept to say the least.

Oh, the wierdness of straight people when they think about gay people. It boggles the mind.

Emily K

January 19th, 2008

I was thinking the exact same thing.

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