by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

LGBTQ: Being nomad for fear of persecution.

06 Dec, 2018

by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

The African nomads from the West to the East, from the North to the South, like most nomads from other parts of the world, men leave their families for distant lands in search of greener pasture and water for their livestock. As they pack their luggage on their asses and camels, a lot goes through their mind, they are worried about the uncertainty they are going to face out in the wilderness. The diseases and carnivores out in the wilderness give them sleepless nights. Above all these worries only one worry trumps above all the other, the worry of leaving their loved ones behind. These may explain why before they leave the elder and the whole community bless them and pray for them to have a safe journey so that they may return home in one piece.
These days there is a new crop of nomads in African, these are the LGBTQ community. The moral police are always hot on their heel ready to persecute them. For fear of their security and life, most of them have been forced to leave their loved one behind on short notice. They are not given a chance to say goodbye. They leave for good without any prospects of ever coming back. If they look back, they risk turning into pillars of salts as Lot’s wife in the Bible. These means if they turn back and return to their villages, they risk being lynched especially for repeat “offenders”. Family members are forced to disown one of their own lest they are accused of tolerating these "evil" deeds. This is a classic example of excommunication and alienation of a critical component that forms the fabric of our community.
Victims of alienation in the society cut across all spectrum of the society. It ropes in simple villagers to top technocrats of the government. Civil servants are forced to abandon their workstation leaving the citizens without essential services, for example, teachers abandon schools for fear of being accused of teaching children bad manners. These make children victims of their non-doing. Parents run away leaving their children behind. These lead to unprecedented suffering. These children face discrimination in school and become the laughing stock for being associated with a taboo. This may lead to depression and suicide at times.
Separation of children from their parents is seriously wrong, children need the tender care of their parents since they are vulnerable and innocents. It is the children's right to be taken care of to have a roof over their head to be kept warm and fed and more importantly they should have access to decent and relevant education.
The LGBTQ persons should have the liberty to chose whoever they love without the fear of being persecuted for just falling in love. Peace of mind is very important, guarantees of career progression should be should apply across without any discrimination based on one's sexual orientation. Workplace discrimination should not be allowed to raise its ugly head in this day and era.
The vicious homophobic persons should smell the coffee. They should not hate and accuse others of not being "straight". The LGBTQ movement is going strong and breaking barriers all over the globe. The strides made are unprecedented. It is just a matter of time before gay people can live without fear of being attacked and being forced to leave their homes. Slowly but surely a brighter day is coming for the LGBTQ family after a long dark period of discrimination.