The Signs Were Always There

Do I ever cross your mind, anytime Do you ever wake up, reaching out for me Do I ever cross your mind, anytime I miss you. I folded the note and dropped it at her desk. I knew she wouldn’t recognise the song: I was the only high school student who even knew who Brian... Continue Reading →

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PRIDE PROFILES- A

  I'm a 26-year-old Cis, bisexual, stemme presenting female, born, raised, living and working in middle-class Nairobi. Pride is a celebration of being queer and being free and open in your queerness. To me, pride means more opportunities to unapologetically occupy spaces alongside the rest of the queerdom. To hang around the gay folk, emit... Continue Reading →

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Kesho Anthology- Call For Submissions

Last year, we came together to create a wonderful body of work that painted a picture of the lives of Queer Kenyans. This year, I am proud to announce Kesho Anthology. With Kesho, I hope to continue the work of documenting Queer Kenyan life in three parts: Jana (stories of our past), Leo (stories of... Continue Reading →

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Kenyan Baby Dyke Worries- Revisited

As I briefly discussed in the latest episode of Calling All Queers, (What Kind of Lesbian Am I?), I didn’t always identify as a lesbian. In that episode we found out that I am a Coffee Shop Lesbian, who loved to wear flannel (?), sit in coffee shops (?) and moon over fellow coffee shop... Continue Reading →

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A Letter To The Girlfriend I Have

Inspired by A Letter To The Girlfriend I Don't Have. My dear Virginia, I have been doing something so odd, so queer — or rather, something which though perhaps neither odd nor queer in itself, has filled me with such odd and queer sensations, — that I must write to you; (The thing, by the... Continue Reading →

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Play- Continued

By V. What the fuck? Kay was stunned. This was not part of the Play, she thought. But she was too horny to be mad right now. She strode towards the bedroom door. I’m just going to have to punish this little indiscretion, she thought with a wry smile. Kay swung the bedroom open, perhaps... Continue Reading →

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Play | Guest Post

By V. Kay was nervous. She paced back and forth, occasionally glancing at the clock on the wall. She adjusted her freshly ironed black shirt as she moved, toying with her gold cufflinks. It was a minute past 1. Kay peered through the window at the calm of the afternoon. She was late! What if... Continue Reading →

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Waiting To Exhale- #Repeal162

It was well past midnight. I pulled her in closer. Her breathing hadn’t slowed. She couldn’t sleep and neither could I. How could we close our eyes and shut out the world when so much lay on the line? Words seemed foreign. An intrusion. So we lay there with our thoughts, similar wars raging inside... Continue Reading →

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Shower sex is how people die

Where are you? I was in the middle of coordinating a game of would you rather when my phone beeped. As my workmates mulled over the question I had posed, I sneaked a peek at my phone. It was Sofia. I texted back quickly, Still at the work thing. Sofia texted back fast. For how... Continue Reading →

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Black Pepper

It was the worst of days. As Hermione jostled her way into Tuskys Mfangano Street, she couldn't help but wish for a fast end to the godforsaken day. Her woes had begun when she woke up to find that her period had arrived announced. And on the day that she needed to get to work... Continue Reading →

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End of an Era?

What started as me fiddling around on the internet has grown and sprouted a life of its own. When I started this blog in 2017, I had no way of foretelling where it would go, or the amazing memories it would give me. I extremely blessed, to have had you read my words, to have... Continue Reading →

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The Massage & Exhale Anthology

Next time Maddie, just keep your mouth shut. I was straddled on top of her, reaching for lotion, taking as much time as I could. In about twenty seconds, she would realize that when I said I give great massages, I was being a bit generous with words. The one thing that came to my... Continue Reading →

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Birthday Check In & Childhood Dreams

Like everyone else my age, the moment I read Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, I wanted to be a neuro-surgeon when I grew up. The book was almost as popular as Harry Potter. A few chapters in, I was convinced that I would grow up to achieve great feats like Ben Carson did. Then, I... Continue Reading →

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Finish What We Started

Me: I am so horny. S: You young people. You’re incorrigible. Didn’t we? Jana? Four times? Me: So? S: It should have been enough. Me: I have needs Susan. I am sorry if old age brought with it a limited desire for sexual escapades but I can’t relate. S:    S:Now who said anything about... Continue Reading →

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Masturbation and Me, A Romantic Comedy

This story has all the makings of a romantic comedy: the disillusioned start, the dramatic first meeting, the calamitous middle and a happy ending. Enjoy. I haven’t always had the best relationship with sex. For someone who is always talking about it on my Instagram, and as a self-proclaimed sex expert, I know that can... Continue Reading →

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Why Do I Fall So Fast? (Finding The One)

Every good story begins with a disclaimer. And so, will this one. For the people herein described, there is no way for me to tell my story without talking about you. I know some of you are deeply private people so I will leave out any identifying features, change your name and anything that might... Continue Reading →

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Here: An Anthology (Download)

Here we are, In our boldest, brightest most honest colours. Alive, loving and living. In the loudest ways, in the subtlest ways, our lives are a rallying call, a subtle nudge, a proud raising of the hand to say, we are here and we are queer. I am grateful to everyone who submitted something to... Continue Reading →

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An Update

The Nairobi weather pretty much mirrors my life right now. In one word: chaotic. It's terribly, unbearably cold, then the sun comes out for a second. And we carry our laptops and we go sit outside in the sun only for it to disappear, like, 'bitch, you thought'. This month has been a rollercoaster. Equal... Continue Reading →

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A Kenyan Pride Love Letter

In trying to imagine a Kenyan pride, I asked on Twitter and Instagram, what pride means to you, how you are celebrating it and your favourite thing about the Kenyan queer community, if there is. The answers I received are below, in italics. I don't think in Kenya I can personally celebrate it because I... Continue Reading →

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Ropes

She was a beauty to behold. Even now, when her novelty was starting to wear off, she still managed to have an effect on me. She was on the bed, hands tied to the bedpost. Her thighs, which were tied too, were spread apart. My rope work was terrible. In the same way that I... Continue Reading →

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I Know A Place

Trigger Warning: The following story contains depictions and mentions of targetted violence. I knew When you told me you don't wanna go home tonight And you tried to just shrug it off when I asked you why Somebody hurt you Somebody hurt you The air tasted of destruction. A strange mix of smoke, dust and... Continue Reading →

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Dating: My Sexy Mix Of Issues

It is cold as balls. Not that I would know what temperature balls are but I am sure that's a phrase I've heard. The matatu I am in is playing 2000s RnB. If that's not the perfect backdrop for me trying to figure out my thoughts on dating, I am not sure what is. Chingy... Continue Reading →

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That’s So Gay: Exploring Queer Language

The below is an exploration of language. A tracing back of where we have come from. Not all sexualities or identities are represented. This is not meant to be intentionally exclusive. Language is a powerful tool. How we use words gives them power. The same words we use to show people we love them, could... Continue Reading →

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Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered

It was the most perfect imperfect day. Earlier on, we had failed miserably at trying to have shower sex. A card had been slipped under our door notifying us of an electric fault that was being repaired. It meant that if we wanted to shower, we would have to make do with a cold one.... Continue Reading →

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Here, A Queer Anthology | Call For Submissions

We're here, we're queer, get used to it... Here is an anthology that seeks to celebrate queer bodies in Kenya through prose, poetry, art, interviews and more. Here spans across all genres, from voices occupying all sorts of bodies. a rallying cry signaling our existence and honoring it. We are looking for stories and art, created by... Continue Reading →

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XOXO, GIGI |A Short Story

I try to write when I can so here is a piece I hope humans here will enjoy. My name is BKM (no cool nick name, just joined my first and middle name to make the "BK".. Sounds coolish! The M-my last name). I am a queer human rights activist from Botswana with a passion... Continue Reading →

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Queer Womyn In Africa | Chmba_

Queer Womyn is a series that seeks to celebrate bodies that are queer and that identify as womyn. It is an intimate conversation on what both identities mean for us and how they intersect. Above all, it is an opportunity to be seen as present. A not so subtle raising of the hand, clearing of... Continue Reading →

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Queer Womyn In Kenya: B

Queer Womyn In Kenya is a series that seeks to celebrate bodies that are queer and that identify as womyn. It is an intimate conversation on what both identities mean for us and how they intersect. Above all, it is an opportunity to be seen as present. A not so subtle raising of the hand,... Continue Reading →

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A Fairy Tale

There is no gallant prince swooping in the middle. To rescue you from all your troubles. Instead, there is waking up in a puddle of sweat, from a dream that seemed to real, about a girl you have no right to be dreaming about.

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Queer Women In Kenya: Pepper

Queer Womyn In Kenya is a series that seeks to celebrate bodies that are queer and that identify as womyn. It is an intimate conversation on what both identities mean for us and how they intersect. Above all, it is an opportunity to be seen as present. A not so subtle raising of the hand,... Continue Reading →

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Calling All Queers

Is there anything better than belonging? Than that deep sense of contentedness that comes with knowing you belong to something bigger than yourself? Maybe. But this feeling comes with so much happiness, at least for me. I seek to create that for other people, in whatever ways I can. That is why I am calling... Continue Reading →

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Koi No Yokan | A Love Story | The Beginning

Koi no yokan:  (Japanese) The sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.  I hated waiting. My friends said it was a double standard for someone who was always so late but I couldn't help it. Waiting made me super self aware. I never... Continue Reading →

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When A Woman Loves A Woman

When a woman loves a woman.... It is everything. Hands that can't stay still and words that can't stay in. It's bitten fingernails, lost to the is she or isn't she debate. It's the millions of words that die by the delete button. Trying to come up with the perfect text. Something witty. Something forward... Continue Reading →

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Valentine’s Day: One Day, Three People

There was nothing to be excited about. Valentine’s Day was a hallmark Calendar, a capitalist creation that was meant to swindle you of your money. And over what? Cheap flowers and cotton stuffed bears? Dennis was way above that. Previous experience had proved that it wasn’t his lucky day. Three years ago, his then boyfriend... Continue Reading →

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Queer In Kenya Survey: The Results

When there is no real documentation, we can slip through the cracks. Entire histories of real human beings can fade away and be erased by people not willing to acknowledge their existence. I wanted to know more about you, but with the state of things in our country, I knew I wouldn't find you in... Continue Reading →

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Let’s Talk About Femmes

In this post, some of the sexualities I mention may be yours or they might not. Some of the pronouns I use may be yours or they might not. You might not relate with some of the terms I use, such as 'gay' and might prefer 'queer'. I ask that you read this with an... Continue Reading →

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Twenty Kenyan Baby Dyke Worries

Do you ever stop being a baby dyke? I am finding that every day, there is something new to learn about the queermunity, about being queer, about being a lesbian, about women, about everything really. At times, I am very much the deer in the headlights. Not quite sure what to say, how to navigate... Continue Reading →

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My Favourite Queer Things 2

I really do like a lot of things. One of the privileges of having a blog is that you can gently force the things you like on people. Many moons ago, I shared some of the blogs, people, youtube things that I was enjoying at the time. Since, I have dropped some and picked up... Continue Reading →

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Being Gay and Godly

My mother wasn’t always a priest. In the years before her priesthood, we were still devout Christians in our house. I remember Sunday school, wearing turtle necks under my dresses. There was nothing Christian about that. It was just my mother’s way of dressing me. I remember reciting memory verses, singing songs, immersing myself in... Continue Reading →

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New Year, Same Old Queers

Hi! What a year 2017 was, yeah? I wanted to tackle it with a blog post but then decided to make it a podcast or rather 13 minutes of me going on and on and on. But my voice is nice to listen to, if that’s any consolation. I gushed, I confessed, I embarrassed someone... Continue Reading →

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Little Temple | A Short Story

The bouncer strolled into the VIP Section with the confidence of a man who knows his place. His eyes scurried through the mass of people gathered. Satisfied, he turned slowly and walked out. He left in his wake, the strong scent of Axe Men Dry Anti-perspirant. It was a party of smells. Rising from the... Continue Reading →

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A Letter You Won’t Read

It has been a while since we had a story on here. Enjoy. 💛💛💛   One day I'll be going through my phone, and I'll stumble on this and laugh. I'll take a screenshot and send it to you. And we will laugh about it the same way we laughed about the coordinates.   Or... Continue Reading →

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I Should Have Known Earlier I Was Gay

Heteronormativity sucks, doesn’t it It feels nice to put a finger on what gears have been malfunctioning. Kenya being a heteronormative society puts a blind on some very core issues of people who identify as not straight. I for one did not have a clue as to why boys made me cringe. It was a... Continue Reading →

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