In which i try and capture a long, rambling, regret-soaked set of tweets by Binyavanga Wainana reflecting late Friday, May 15, on the dissembling life of gay men like himself and how sex is the least of one’s problems…
The tweets welled up almost spontaneously, unstoppable, even extending to a promise to visit Kingston, Jamaica in December this year but mostly they express anguish over past wrongs induced by the pressure to conform to society’s demand for appropriately masculine behaviour from boy children. They also mention fellow African writers Chimamanda Adichie and Elnathan John…and Bishop Tutu and Ruto, Kenya’s Deputy President, whose speech may have precipitated Wainana’s stream of tweets.
God save us from African writers who prosecute your rights to be urself on earth based on what their pastor says 2 them.
“@BinyavangaW: How do you love when you can’t hold hands in a hospital room?” Or at the funerals, clan gathering. Your very tears hidden?
Why can’t our churches march with women against violence in #idressasIwant – u can disagree and still show public support 4 women.
“@BinyavangaW: gay African couples adopt & have children, straight, & loved & still hide from people back home.” Can’t introduce ours 2 clan
@BinyavangaW Good phrase: Tutu not “a colonial sin collector”. Wish more religious leaders would focus on the real evil of poverty instead
@BinyavangaW Having the most institutionalised political party/movement in Africa helps hugely. No big man politics In SA.
@bettywaitherero to look for ways to break apart your own mobility to be what is necessary 2 carry us all. to refuse fear..Yes.
@BinyavangaW introspective and review is necessary if you are growing and not static. gotta change your mind often. 🙂
@BinyavangaW Have you read Men of the South – Zukiswa Wanner. Something related to that tweet.
when somebody does that 2 u, u have to step up and b the same kinda honest always with them and 4 them. That is a New Africa #chimamanda.
@BinyavangaW If you ever need a Naija beard sha… Get at me. I’d do it for free if you let me rub your clean shaven head.
@BinyavangaW how many times have you said you’re going to sleep Binya, yet there are new tweets every minute on my TL (not complaining)
@BinyavangaW i need a book from you about your queer experience, i need it,i need it. Its not my place to need it but i do
@MagungaWilliams mangu in my time was nowhere as violent and Lenana on sexuality. Leanne was a very very violent school.
@fistvoices A good 30 percent of online profiles of gay men or more on websites people say be straight acting, No femmes,
@fistvoices on Sites, gay Africas threaten open violence on effeminate gays who cannot hide, and insult them with no shame.
@fistvoices same siasa, as kenyans on Somalis, or not inviting your unfavored tribe friends t dinner when ur tribe in power.
@BinyavangaW true,its how we police gender performance, the idea of not having to wear your homosexuality,its prevalent and divisive
@BinyavangaW forgetting that the majority of the people that have been queer active were not hegemonic gender performers
@BinyavangaW they wore their homosexuality
@BinyavangaW i am seemingly buff,but buff is not masculine, right now i am wearing leggings, and i notice the stares
@BinyavangaW how dare he waste his body? How dare he wears that persona while he looks like that?
@ReneCMugenzi @BinyavangaW hahaha on Twitter Binyavanga’s head is all over the place, ill need follow ups and its not my book 2 write
4 El Nathan John – coz there’s mo u know. Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone https://youtu.be/L5jI9I03q8E via @YouTube
@anniepaul shit. I need 2 drink with u I feel u have so much shit t call me 2 account 4 am comin 2 Jamaica okay?
@anniepaul just fucking airmiles I need. no near so far. REALLY. on my own would come to have wine. like tomorrow.
@fistvoices hi satires built on mine, but he is no mimic, he has shit to say and make. but the writing SOOOOOO tame.
@fistvoices I hate fools. I cannot hate on Elnathan I want him to to amazing. He must just conquer himself. Not Caine and this silly game.
@anniepaul u been in my love since Achal so so long ago, but remember every internevention on twitter. EACH 1
@BinyavangaW wow didn’t know if you remembered that Achal had introed us…i was just with him in Joburg.
@anniepaul and we will sit and u will say i am really upset at u and u rr shit guy and we have 2 talk about it.
@anniepaul @BinyavangaW Yes come — but only when I’m there!!
*rolls eyes and concedes* RT @keimiller: @anniepaul @BinyavangaW Yes come — but only when I’m there!!
@keimiller @anniepaul it had whiskey, cardamon, lemon juice and baobab seed powder and is so fucking dry now.
mmmmm RT @BinyavangaW: @keimiller @anniepaul it had whiskey, cardamon, lemon juice and baobab seed powder and is so fucking dry now.
Nina Simone- Mood Indigo https://youtu.be/kUU7Rkoj4qw via Kei Miller, Annie paul, Martin Kimani, Achal Prabhala…
@BinyavangaW @anniepaul June (maybe too soon) or December. Yeah man. Come we mek a flex. And Annie always has great wine…
@BinyavangaW @anniepaul and other great things beginning with ‘w’. Not like the shit we got in Nigeria. 😦
@keimiller @anniepaul it’s like fuckedcookies now, It was supposed to be alike the derrida of affect, a 3 D paper. sigh.
@keimiller @anniepaul BUT. last week it was high school politics I was sniffing at….learned a lot. A little LOT.
@keimiller @anniepaul haha. Who we g to which school and Why. and where did dat shit go…starting to sniff .
December it is, with or without Kei RT @BinyavangaW: @keimiller @anniepaul Got Garnet drunk …conversation unfinished….lol
and Kei will be here, not to worry 🙂 RT @BinyavangaW: @anniepaul @keimiller DealDone.
@anniepaul @keimiller nope. ileave the assumption now all u west indians wherelike beating each other over poetry competitions high school.
It’s happening RT @BinyavangaW: Off to Jamaica this December.
ah just back from too much walking in NYC RT @BinyavangaW: @anniepaul nairobi. just back from drunkenness in NYC
Moving series of tweets by @BinyavangaW. FreeManLooking: https://storify.com/safferz/freemanlooking …
in bed with sugar free cough drops.