World Pride: Binyavanga Wainaina on Gay Rights in Africa

Kenyan writer and one of "Time" magazine's 'most influential' people of the year, Binyavanga Wainaina, rocketed to the forefront of Africa's gay rights movement when he came out in his essay "I Am a Homosexual, Mum". 

He also comments on the changes happening in Africa, and his commitment to being a positive force in the developments. "Africa is going through an amazing time. Both turbulent, terrible but moving," he says. "Change is in the air, and I want to be inside those changes."

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  • Black African MSM appear twice as likely to contract HIV as other ethnic groups

    (Sigma Research, 2011)

  • BAME MSM make up 0.1% of the total population in the UK, but 13% of MSM diagnosed with HIV.

    (Nastal-3, PHE, 2013)

  • Black MSM are also twice as likely to report homophobic attacks in their local area compared to the white population - 13% compared to 6% respectively

    (Stonewall, 2013)