KENYA: Grace*, "I finally found the courage to ask, 'Are you gay'?"'

Published: December 30, 2010

NAIROBI, 30 December 2010 (PlusNews) – Grace is an attractive brunette working in Nairobi. Until recently, she was dating Will, a stylish 20-something Kenyan. She told IRIN/PlusNews how the relationship broke down, leaving her with fears about HIV.

"I met Will about a year ago through a friend of mine. We clicked immediately and became friends. One thing led to another and we ended up dating.

"Things were going on smoothly between us; we had a great sex life and loved spending time together, but I somehow felt there was something odd in our relationship. I couldn’t fully read through Will.

"One evening we were having drinks, discussing sex work in Kenya and men who deny that they fuel the trade. All of a sudden, Will looked at me and asked, ‘What would you say if your man told you he’s been cheating on you with another man?’

"The issue of homosexuality has never been taboo to me, so I simply told Will that cheating on me with a man would be the same to me as with another woman.

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