Gay tête-à-tête in Zanzibar

Name: Richard Ammon Suraka was a 23 year-old Tanzanian receptionist at the one of the most stylish bungalows in a beach resort in Kendwa village on the west coast of Zanzibar; a place where Freddie Mercury was born. With a ready smile and a soft masculine bearing he received us. Like many other employees he…

Courage in Difficult Times

By Richard Ammon  Published in 2011 and reviewed in 2016 As we speak in the quiet of my hotel restaurant in Tanzania, it is clear that both Allan and Jon (not their real names) are apprehensive about being overheard. “The person to your left is staring at us and I don’t feel safe,” writes Jon on…

To Be Young, Gay and African

Name: Diriye Osman Country: Somalian but lived in Kenya and now in London. The article appeared in the huffpost & Diriye Osman’s website.  When I first came out to my family, most of them stopped talking to me. My father, who I was very close to, stopped speaking to me for two years before picking up…

Making sense of Homosexuality in Tanzania

Could you please begin by explaining the legal situation regarding the rights of homosexuals? In Tanzania homosexuality is punishable under the Penal Code which states that, homosexuality is considered an unnatural act punishable under the Penal Code, Cap. 16 R.E. 2002, section 154 of which provides that any person who (1) has carnal knowledge of any…

Beating the HIV Virus

Name: Daniel Kamau Age: 23 Country: Kenya It is raining and I start sipping my coffee waiting for my subject to arrive. The day has decided to turn gray before anyone could grasp what was about to happen; the clouds have ushered a downpour, the warm sun is completely banished. Seating exactly at the window…

Clubbing Experience III – Stranded

Name: Ruta Age: 27 Country: Tanzania This is the story of the 21 year old boy that drove me crazy for weeks. I hope he was 21 like he said. He could have been less but you never know these things and I am never the type to ask for people’s IDs. From the title…

Clubbing Experience II – Further Up!

Name: Ruta Age: 27 Country: Tanzania So this is going to be my second post on clubbing experience. I am luck meeting interesting characters in clubs; I think my next boyfriend will come from there. This time things are going to happen much differently than before. So sit back and enjoy the story! I had…

How Empire (Series) Changes Lives!

Name: Joshua Age: 25 Country: Tanzania When it comes to movies and series, I tend to shy away from the ones which are too famous, the ones that everyone can’t stop talking about. It is like they repulse me; they make me question their importance. Sometimes I feel they might be too relatable, to everyone….

15 Minutes that Changed My Life

Name: Obric Merlin Rex Age: 26 Country: Tanzania This is the story of the 15 minutes that has altered the course of my life, forcing me unwillingly to prepare for the exodus. It was an ominous day starting with a job interview which didn’t pan out like I wanted it to. You see, it was…

The Dead Have a Story

Name: Martin Country: Tanzania Age: 37 The world is a tiny place where jacaranda trees break the horizon into weird spots of unimaginable shapes and silhouettes. As clichéd as this may sound I am reminded every time of this when interesting realties meet. Opposite my house a man died a few months ago. Our past…

Sizzling with Money Boy

Name: Abdallah Age: 30 Country: Tanzania In Tanzania exists a group of delightfully handsome men/boys that are bisexually touted and famous for providing the services to the gay community in exchange for cash. You will pay them for sex, and this might come after you have paid for their dinner and the taxi that brought…

Mama Always Knows

Name: Francis Age: 25 Country: Tanzania If you ask me whether my mother might have suspected that his son was as queer as the best of them, I would have probably said yes. They say moms always know right! You see, I remember a day back when puberty had not yet started to alter my…