Gay Kenyan Activist David Kuria On The Power Of Coming Out


David Kuria made history this year by becoming the first openly gay political candidate in Kenya. Unfortunately, financial constraints, particularly pricey security, led him to end his campaign. But that doesn't mean it didn't still make a huge impact.

In an interview with The Guardian on his ill-fated run for public office, Kuria reflects on how Kenyans are starting to understand and accept gay people, largely because of people like him who are brave enough to come out of the closet.

I had seen changes in the way our people in the villages view gay people. For many people, gay people and gay rights are perceived though mediated interpretation of politicians and religious leaders. For the first time it was possible to talk with the people, answer their questions as well as point out the nexus areas of different forms of marginalization, including poverty and other challenges that affect them, too.

Later in the interview, Kuria noted that while it's tempting to view Kenya as entirely homophobic and agreed that many Kenyans still think being gay is "unAfrican," he says things are changing for the better, and will continue to do so…

"I think the narrative of Kenya being a homophobic society is taken
out of context. True, many people do not approve of same-sex
relationships, but that is because of the stereotypes they have been
made to believe in," he said. "Again [the idea that being gay is "unAfrican"] is one of those stories that have been told over and over
again that it has come to be seen as true. But there are also very few
public LGBT voices – these need to increase for the narrative to be


  1. UFFDA says

    David Kuria is the Mandela of gay reconition and righs in Africa. He will leave a lasting legacy of acceptance and enlightenment. Not enough can be said of his courage and genius as well. What a story and what a man he is!

  2. says

    May his courage and the truth of his words inspire every adult, all over the world, to join in and stand up to be counted and Come Out. Visibly, Vocally, Publicly. Silence is the enemy and our biggest killer. That this brave man can do this in Kenya should inspire everyone in the “western worlds” to do exactly the same.

    Kudos, vanguard.

    and aint he gorgeous?!?!? *SWOON*

  3. Caliban says

    I’m humbled by the bravery of people like Mr Kuria and those who came publicly her in the US in the 1960s, standing up when so few others would. If the lessons of those American activists tells us anything it’s that David Kuria’s words are true- the most powerful thing a gay person can do is come out.

  4. Stufromoz says

    Yes, brave and cute…

    All the kudos to him, I hope he lives to see the rewards of a changing society. This stuff matters :)

  5. Kissyfur says

    Did anybody else skip the article just to come down to the comment section and say how hot David is? Wheeew!

  6. jamal49 says

    Mr. Kuria, you are courage personified. I pray that one day you will be a strong voice for sanity and equality in your young country, Kenya.

  7. F Young says

    A very courageous and righteous man, possibly the bravest man in Kenya. He should be nominated for an award.