The Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community (LGBTQ+) is one of the most frowned upon groups of people. Kenya, a nation that prides itself as a Christian and traditional country has for long denied this community their rights. However, despite being secluded, these celebrities still came out and are proudly living as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here is a list of celebrities who are openly living their truths:
Sauti Sol member, Chimano broke the internet when the music group posted a photo of themselves, each member standing next to their partner. The picture raised a million eyebrows when Chimano was pictured standing next to a tall white man insinuating that he was Chimano’s lover. As usual, news about Chimano coming out as gay was received by Kenyans who all had something to say – both good and bad.
Former BBC presenter, Makena is probably the boldest member of the LGBTQ+ community living in Kenya. She is known to date women and has long been speculated to be dating Michelle Ntalami despite them refuting these claims. Makena is super vocal about gay rights and has recently formed an organization, The Bold Network Africa, aimed at educating Africans about the LGBTQ+ community.
Popular makeup artist and YouTuber Dennis is openly living as a gay man in Kenya. The beauty guru has been long speculated of being gay from his dressing and to openly wearing makeup – something that is frowned upon when it’s done by men. He has since featured on Makena’s The Bold Network Africa. If that isn’t him coming out as openly gay, then we don’t know what it is!
She became the topic of discussion across socials after she publicly came out as a member of the LGBTQ community in 202o. The TV and radio show host came out on a Twitter post that has since received over 2K retweets and 16K retweets. Her coming out was received with mixed reactions – some insulting her and others congratulating her.
Before his passing in 2019, Binyavanga openly came out as a gay man. The celebrated author made headlines around the world in 2014, when he responded to a wave of anti-gay laws around the continent by publicly outing himself in a short essay – I Am a Homosexual, Mum -- which he published to mark his 43rd birthday. He also revealed he was HIV positive.