because we need to TALK back, and I/we stand in solidarity with the author of the message below,
and with queer/trans communities of Afrika(ns).
It does not matter, or shouldn’t matter, that we identify differently.
But we do, and as a result, for the purposes of clarity, in this rainbow soup of identities, I should (re)locate myself.
I DO NOT identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersex, and I particularly do NOT identify as GAY or HOMOSEXUAL. I have also never been, en never will be HETEROSEXUAL or STRAIGHT.
you can call me a dyke, if you wanna, but I don’t identify as such anymore either.
en I gotta admit, that as much as I usually have quite a thing, for them (queer women),
En the lesbians can be hard to resist…..it doesn’t go deeper than sex or friendship, because a lesbian/queer/dyke by another name does mean a whole lotta difference. it means the re/discovery of our TRUE TRUE names.
and in the end, I love who I love, that’s my business. I’ve got bigger issues to deal with than that.
so can you please lay off with your modern/foreign-like invasions on our existence?
we’re here. we’re queer. you should be used to it by now….
now can the true criminals please stand up?
david bahati. kibaki. raila.kiminyu.hussein ali.pattni.FAMILY LIFE NETWORK.george bush.
but I digress…..
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this may be the one issue me and homophobes will agree on.
These LGBTTIQQ identifications ARE UN-AFRICAN.
ergo, those terms are used provisionally, politically and strategically throughout this blog.
en to each one, their own (term/s).
I preserve the right to re/name myself just as I acknolwedge en (try to) respect that right in others.
and, as way of re-introduction (hi! my name is molisa),
there is a page and a category dedicated to IT….the Q werd, the Q/T werd.and a page on everything to do with the struggle for afrikan liberation.(disclaimer: this is a living document of subjective perspectives on all things afrikan.political.queer&trans.gendered)
the message is in the stories. and those titles are just to guide you. or (mis) lead you.the choice is yours.
and yes. you can call me queer. because I said so.
queer is the last western term I’ll claim. If I were to stray outside my cultures for other names, I’d take two-spirited. or sangoma. maybe sagana. but none of those fully describe me either. and I don’t care really for those labels anymore.
why should it matter? because christian fundamentalism and extreme right wing religious leaders are sponsoring witch hunts, and the state is sponsoring homophobia. refer to the a is for pages. and read the entire bill. en then I direct you to my (u) people links…
“that thing you do” should be played over all radio and TV stations in the country and throughout Afrika…this should be the video response to the pulse article, on pursuing the gay lifestyle. if we can’t sure you, then we’re definitely going to sue family life network.
and we’ll use money we get to copy all episodes of ” I love You People”, and buy sex toys, condoms, dams, lube, books, sound recorders, cameras, computers. we will translate this materialinto indigenous languages…..en each one of us, will teach an/other one.
when we say enough and speak back, that’s powerful.
when we do something different/ly, we’ve harnessed the power of resistance,
and destabilised the entire notion of normal.
because the trouble with normal,
is that none of us are.
so we, the deviants, will pursue our lives with truth and NO FEAR.
because you see, it is US who are the WARRIORS!)
we are the (ancient) past, present, and the FUTURE.
Address to All LGBTI in Kenya, the Kenyan Media, And To all Kenyans,
Recent events and happenings have thrust into the limelight the life and times of gays in Kenya. Beginning with the expose of Pulse
Magazine that showed photos of heavily made-up men, who they claimed were gays and were in a top secret gay party, to the story of a gay marriage involving two Kenyans men in London to another article on one of the most prominent dailies voicing the opinion of the Committee of Experts saying that gay rights cannot be included in the draft constitution they are preparing as, and they only cite one group only, the Evangelical and Pentecostal leadership have vowed to shoot it down should it feature anything remotely concerned with gay rights, gay marriages or equality. To them, as to many, and this is the sad part, homosexuality is a sin, unnatural and un-African.
The Kenyan media has not relented in its pursuit to cash in on this. A day after the story of the weeding appeared, almost all of the prime
FM stations were discussing this issue in their morning shows and having subsequent mentions in their day schedules. Social networking
sites like Face book have been invaded by homophobes who have taken it upon themselves to start polls and discussions pertaining to this matter. The responses are remarkably hostile, vile and crude. Conversely, other sites and discussions fora have seen positive
responses to this matter underlying the fact that the country and individuals are sharply divided in this matter. The following has to
1) There seems to have been a plan (some may call it a conspiracy) to cash in on the gay issue. The first article that appeared, on Pulse Magazine (Standard Newspapers) was followed up, exactly a week later, by the marriage story that was published by the Sunday Nation
newspapers who later did a follow-up article that highlighted the concerns of the Committee of Experts regarding gay rights being
included in the draft constitution.
2) Gays have been portrayed negatively and in bad faith. All these articles have made us seem like we are not humans at all. Words like
‘secretive’, ‘unnatural’, ‘prostitution,’ ‘blackmail’, ‘sin,’ ‘un-African,’ ‘lower than pigs,’ ‘un-Biblical,’ are freely and generously cited to create the illusion that being gay is all of the above or all the above is gay.
3) There was exploitation by the media and certain individuals who profited from discussing this topic in their show (s), holding opinion
polls, and/or using any other form of public fora available. People have taken it upon themselves to use these debates to perpetuate
hatred against us, create a fearful environment and lead to misunderstanding.
4) Religious leaders have taken it upon themselves to be the moral custodians -as if they have done a good job at it in the past!- of the
society yet they themselves have their own political agenda to further by continuing to instill hate feelings towards this group of people.
They always cite the existence of homosexuality, and homosexual acts, as the source of evil plaguing Kenya; be it either floods, droughts, tribal clashes and many other misfortunes. We gays, and our sexual activity, has been the poster child for all that ails Kenyan society.
It’s against this backdrop that, 1. I strongly condemn any form of exploitation using gays, the gay movement and gay lifestyle.
2. I strongly condemn all religious leaders, and their religion that perpetuate hate against gays and any other sexual minority group(s).
3. I strongly condemn all media and media outlets that sought to cash in on this issue and ask that they uphold ethics, high ethics, for
4. I call upon all Kenyans of good faith, open minds and understanding spirit, to be human enough to listen and care for all Kenyan gays and lesbians.
A world without homophobia and transphobia is possible.
It begins with you!
a concerned brotha.