Speaking Out, Staying In

Even as a boy Patrick Kinyanjui knew he was gay. "I just wasn't attracted to girls," says the handsome 36-year-old Kenyan. "I even tried to have a girlfriend when I was 19 just to be sure it was not a passing thing but I couldn't keep her. I was dissatisfied with the relationship." Like many young gays, Kinyanjui struggled with "this conflict in me" before coming to terms with his homosexuality. "Once I accepted it I felt like a rock had been removed from my back," he says. "Being gay is not something you get into and out of. It's my...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!