Standard media reports:
Most people are unaware that it is not only external homophobia that keeps many LGBT individuals in the closet but a deep sense of internal homophobia too.
As you read this, there are probably thousands of LGBT individuals here in Kenya sitting at their computers, Googling everything from “is it wrong to be gay?” to “how do I come out to my parents?” They are searching for answers, answers to questions they are too afraid to ask out loud.
The only way for the LGBT community to win this battle against stigma and discrimination is by them gaining some courage and coming out of the closet and fight for their rights. But before we can have people coming out of the closet, it’s important to realize that we have to first bring the conversation out of the closet.
The best way to do it is to talk about it and hope that somehow, somewhere, that one young LGBT kid contemplating suicide sits up and realizes that he or she is not alone and finds the courage to stand up and live life the only way it should be lived out and proud.
In these times of rising intolerance across various aspects of life in Kenya, it’s important that we sustain the dialogue around diversity, and the spectrum of sexuality needs to be included in it regardless of how uncomfortable it makes some feel.