The acronym LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The Q in the acronym can refer to either “questioning” or “queer.” The issue of LGBTQ rights has been a contentious issue globally, but despite this, some Kenyan celebrities have come forward and publicly declared their queerness.
It is important to recognize that members of the LGBTQ community are present in all aspects of society, including as family members, friends, and even in government. In Kenya, it is important to respect the choices of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Ahmednasir Abdullahi SC, a well-known lawyer, has pointed out the stark difference in treatment of LGBTQ members under the previous government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta compared to the current government led by President William Ruto. While the previous government had five LGBTQ public servants, the current government has none.
Notables such as singer Chimano of Sauti Sol, rapper Noti Flow, and actress and human rights activist Makena Njeri have also publicly declared their queerness.
Respect should be a two-way street when it comes to LGBTQ issues. Similarly, the church has also faced challenges in accepting LGBTQ members, but they have eventually come to understand that these are things beyond our control. This article highlights some pastors who have proudly declared their queerness while still serving their churches.
1. Pastor Justimore Musombi – Quaker
2. Pastor Jacinta Nzilani – Cosmopolitan Affirming Church
3. Pastor David Ochal – Cosmopolitan Affirming Church
4. Pastor Edwin – Lutheran Church
“Gays and lesbians are children of God and created in his image,” Pastor Makokha of the Riruta Hope Community Church said years ago in an interview; when he opened doors to all LGBTQ members to join the Church and feel at home.
“They should be accepted and affirmed as such. They deserve a place to worship and serve God,” Makohka said.
Along with other religious leaders, the Cosmopolitan Affirming Community Church is fighting against discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in places of worship and for the freedom of speech of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
However, LGBTQ remains illegal in Kenya, and the religious clergy from all religions generally speak out strongly against it.