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If you’re wondering what Binyavanga Wainaina and Janelle Monae are doing in the same photograph, you clearly know nothing about the hottest African party that took place in New York City last weekend.

Kenyan visual artist Wangechi Mutu hosted a party to officially launch a campaign for LGBTI rights in Africa called Africa’s Out! Of course, everyone was there: DJ Cuppy, Solange Knowles, David Schwimmer, Duro Olowo, Kehinde Wiley and many other well-known figures in the art, music, and literary scene.

Africa’s Out! is a cultural and socially-conscious initiative aimed at changing the negative perception of same-sex love in many African communities.

What you may not know is that at the center of this timely initiative is Binyavanga, who made his homosexuality public in January 2014. [Read Chimamanda Adichie’s comments HERE]

“What really inspired me is a close friend of mine, Binyavanga Wainaina’s public coming out,” says Mutu in a recent video.

Binyavanga’s coming out was a momentous event. It certainly brought a lot of attention to African LGBTI issues. Mutu explains that Africa’s Out! is an attempt to keep the conversation going, to create a space where we can continue to talk about gay rights in Africa.

“I wanted people to understand where gay rights are in East Africa and do something that actually makes an impact, that makes this issue visible, makes it beautiful, makes it interesting.”

We wish Mutu and everyone at Africa’s Out! all the best.

In other news, Binyavanga was in South Africa recently and revealed that he was working on two book projects at the moment—a collection of essays and a novel. We can’t wait!

Watch Wangechi Mutu speak about Africa’s Out! 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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