Security Scare For Gays, Sex Workers In Kisumu After TV Feature

Published: September 26, 2012

IT is now reported that the gay men and sex workers who appeared in a local feature, The Invisible Bridge by K24 are now in danger after receiving threats in Kisumu.

According to reports, the two – ‘Mama G’ (inset), a male sex worker and Biko Nyawita, a married man who has sex with other men – are reportedly in hiding after the show was aired.

‘Mama G’ came out as a male sex worker whose clientele is largely married men in the city of Kisumu. Biko shared how he sleeps with his wife and another man in his matrimonial bed in order that he may be aroused to have sex with his wife.

Biko also said he had feelings of same sex attractions since he was 15 but was forced to marry a girl at 23.

Both Biko and ‘Mama G’ had come to Nairobi and were placed in a safe house ran by the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) before returning to Kisumu.

According to Biko, when he went back to Kisumu some people came to his house asking for him and he said he did not know them or their intentions.

He is now in hiding for fear of his life.

This situation has also led to the closure of NYAWEK’s – an LGBTI group in Kisumu – offices for some days after its Director, Dan Peter was also featured in the show where he spoke of how NYAWEK was fighting for gay rights in the city.

The feature, The Invisible Bridge, was aired locally and featured Biko in the first part and ‘Mama G’ in the second part. The final part aired Tuesday night showed another male sex worker who exchanged sex for fish to fishermen along Lake Victoria.

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