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...

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