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Fly to Kenya Before Lunch

Jim Burroway

November 17th, 2011

Tired of the same old thing in The Advocate or Out? I got an email blast this morning from Kenyan LGBT activist Denis Nzioka, communication officer of Gay Kenya, who has announced the second issue of Identity (“gay, straight or on the rocks”). This issue is an impressive 35-pager that you can see online here. Thumbing through it is a real eye-opener on the gay experience in the East African nation. Articles that I found particularly interesting include the cover story about gay nightlife in Nairobi from the 1980s to the present. Another one that caught my interest was an article about Nicholas Otieno’s two-day ordeal in dealing with Ugandan police as he tried to cross the border with pamphlets and CDs that he had brought for an LGBT advocacy meeting in Kampala. He was held and interrogated for carrying “suspicious materials.” Other articles deal with what it means to be trans and African, gay and African, and more particularly, gay/trans and Christian — there’s a lot of material on that, reflecting the importance of religion in Kenyan culture. The range of issues explored here and the style of writing reminds me of the assertive, determined, yet optimistic feel one gets when one reads an old copy of ONE Magazine from the 1950s. But this is no throwback; the topics and presentation in Identity are very much rooted in the 21st century. The entire issue is available online here.

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Leonardo Ricardo
November 17th, 2011 | LINK

Kenyan LGBT activist Denis Nzioka is no longer ¨communications director for Gay Kenya¨…he resigned a few months ago to pursue other activities…this looks like a wonderful new direction for him and LGBTI people in Kenya! Thanks for sharing it! Leonardo Ricardo/Central America

Timothy Kincaid
November 17th, 2011 | LINK

Very cool. I didn’t read it all, but it has a warm folksy feeling married to a slick classy look. I wish them many many more editions.

Joseph Opiyo
November 18th, 2011 | LINK

Great work! Truly commendable for such a young, hardworking and great activist Denis Nzioka! He is an inspiration. Looking out for more!

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