Here's First Kenyan Artist To Declare He's Gay. Find Out Who

Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:28 , Written by 

The risk of losing family and friends after coming out of the closet can cause great anxiety. It doesn't always seem possible to come out and be yourself but at the end of the day you realise that you're making a brave choice, and you will be much happier in the long run than if you tried to hide it. Nothing is more important than being positive of your sexuality. And that's why commend this guy's confidence.

Meet 22 year old George Barasa AKA Joji Baro. A singer, model, and human right activist, Joji is the first Kenyan artist to declare that he's homosexual. Here's his confession;

Many people know me as Jojibaro. Am gay who is living positively with HIV. I came out 1st time on facebook and I would like to come out to the outside world now. I know being gay is unacceptable in our African Society but I guess it is time that the society knows what some gays go through. I was disowned by my parents while in highschool cause they found out am gay. I was still naive, vulnerable and fragile; it is because of that that someone knowingly infected me. I have since moved on and I am a living testimony. Many people can attest to that. I have made friends all over the world for coming out. I have made bigger steps since. I have learned that being gay is one thing and being HIV+ is another thing. I have won several accolades most recent one being Mr Red Ribbon 2013. People ask me whether I would like to go back home, but two and a half years down the line I still mourn the loss of my parents who are still alive. Even with all these success I still miss one thing a family. I miss the place I lost in the community. But I am slowly gaining it all back by accepting myself that am gay and am HIV+. I am working on my album soon to be out titled "Rainbow" And I have dedicated several songs to HIV survivors. I would like them to know that when you become positive, you start living positively.

I have dedicated the rest of my life towards community/social work as my way of giving back to the society. So that by the time I leave this world, I may leave it a better place than how I found it. But not on earth where one has to always introduce themselves as "Hi am gay and am HIV+!"

Thank you

 

Realise that you're making a brave choice, and you will be much happier in the long run than if you tried to hide it. Nothing is more important than being positive of your sexuality.

 

 

 

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