Uno diverso in Toscana, che crede, in questa nostra madreterra, in questa fugace vita, in qualcosa di diverso.

venerdì 21 febbraio 2014

Homage to Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

A message for the students I will meet tomorrow in Florence, at the Liceo Ginnasio Dante. Please, don't miss this coming out:

Here a key excerpt:
"I have never touched a man sexually... [till 2000, when he was 35] I cannot say the word gay until I am thirty nine, four years after that brief massage encounter. Today, it is 18 January 2013, and I am forty three".

External repression and inner homophobia have being going along and are - hopefully - along retreating. When I was still repressing myself as a gay person, Harvey Milk was elected as a local council member in San Francisco, in 1977. Thirty years later, when in Europe we have many queer public figures, a new generation of pioneers are coming out in Africa and Iran, Arabia and India, China and Vietnam.

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