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Nick Mwaluko

Blog Entries by Nick Mwaluko

A Gay Kenyan's Gang Rape (Part 2): The Resurrection

(17) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 7:13 PM

Anthony Adero granted me the privilege and the honor of discussing with him his redemptive experience following the trauma of being gang raped. We delved into his "afterlife," his journey through fear, denial and social resistance, and the overwhelming difficulty of finding the expressive language to capture an...

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A Gay Kenyan's Gang Rape (Part 1): The Blessing

(26) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:52 PM

On the morning of Dec. 11, 2007, Anthony Adero decided to leave his hometown forever and head to the capital, because he wanted to kiss a man for the first time in his life. He packed the few essentials needed for his five-hour trip, little things that carry weight, like...

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An African Lesbian Makes U.S. History (Part 2): Fire

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 1:11 AM

Fire burns; it also purifies. Count my words as fire, burning embers that purify an unspeakable truth spoken at last.

Two lesbians of African descent abandon fear for risk and decide to marry in New York City, breaking social taboo in Africa while making U.S. history. But did their struggle...

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An African Lesbian Makes U.S. History (Part 1)

(15) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Kelebohile Nkhereanye and Renee Boyd confidently walk up a flight of stairs inside Brooklyn's Municipal Building City Hall one sweltering Sunday morning. The same-sex lesbian couple are among a group of gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer folk in New York making U.S. history by breaking social taboo, vowing to cement...

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DeGaying Uganda

(7) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 11:49 AM

David Kato, a prominent Ugandan gay rights activist, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in broad daylight at his home in Uganda. He died on his way to hospital. News of Kato's death reverberated throughout the world as friends, leaders, activists and human rights organizations paid tribute to a...

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Try a Little Tenderness: Americans Give During Tough Times

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 5:47 PM

"Strung out" is how Adam Kersten describes the homeless man who he sees every afternoon for lunch at his local deli. "We eat together then chat outside the deli while he tells me all kinds of stories. I never ask questions about his personal life or go there unless he...

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It Takes a Villager: Kenyan-Born New Yorker's Job a Casualty of the Recession, as is his Largesse

(8) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Owino Odhiambo left his tiny Kenyan village less than a decade ago to immerse himself completely in American culture. Equipped with American citizenship, two degrees, and five years experience working as a dedicated graphic designer in New York City, Owino is currently unemployed.

"My entire village...

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Becoming a Man

(8) Comments | Posted November 20, 2007 | 4:07 PM

All I wanted from this country was to live as a man.

I grew up in a rural Tanzanian village with no electricity. We couldn't go to school unless we fetched water from the river, milked cows, let them graze for the day. Our chores reminded us that we were...

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