Binyavanga Wainaina

I Am a Homosexual, Mum

Nobody, nobody, ever in my life has heard this. Never, mum. I did not trust you, mum. And. I. Pulled air hard and balled it down into my navel, and let it out slow and firm, clean and without bumps out of my mouth, loud and clear over a shoulder, into her ear.

"I am a homosexual, mum."

Will Binyavanga Wainaina Change Attitudes to Gay Africans?

With internationally acclaimed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina coming out, Africa's embattled gay rights movement finally has a public face around which to rally support for equality. "What he has done is brilliant. He is admired and respected, and the only high-profile African to come out," said Nairobi-based gay rights activist Anthony Oluoch.

World Pride: Binyavanga Wainaina on Gay Rights in Africa

Kenyan writer and one of "Time" magazine's 'most influential' people of the year, Binyavanga Wainaina, rocketed to the forefront of Africa's gay rights movement when he came out in his essay "I Am a Homosexual, Mum". 

He also comments on the changes happening in Africa, and his commitment to being a positive force in the developments. "Africa is going through an amazing time. Both turbulent, terrible but moving," he says. "Change is in the air, and I want to be inside those changes."

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