Writer Tells Africa What He Couldn't Tell Mum

NAIROBI, Kenya — WHEN the Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina published his acclaimed memoir three years ago, he concealed an important part of his life from the public eye. Last Saturday, he unveiled “a lost chapter” of the book on the Internet titled, “I am a homosexual, mum.”

The chapter, about missing the opportunity to tell his mother before she died, is intensely personal.

The Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina€™s decision to come out as gay had added to the fierce debate over homosexuality in sub-Saharan Africa.

His mother ran a hair salon in the city of Nakuru, while his father was a successful executive. In the lost chapter, Mr. Wainaina said that he had known he was gay since he was 5 years old.

He described shaking a man’s hand at 7: “This feeling has made me suddenly ripped apart and lonely. The feeling is not sexual. It is certain. It is overwhelming.”


(Source: mudgeerigar)


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