Former BBC journalist Makena Njeri
Former BBC journalist Makena Njeri
Image: Instagram
Former BBC journalist Makena Njeri
Former BBC journalist Makena Njeri
Image: Instagram

In the recent past more and more Kenyans have boldly opened up on being members of the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and Queer.

Below are some of these Kenyans

Njeri Makena

EX BBC reporter Makena Njeri recently opened up on being gay.'

According to Njeri she has always known she was different but was never courageous enough to stand by her truth.

In a video posted by an international media platform, TedX on behalf of TedX Parklands, Makena said it had taken years for her to accept and admit the fact to herself.

The former 'Tahidi High' actress said for the last decade, she struggled to live a normal life, "conforming to the different societal norms that have been placed on us from a very young age".

"At 19 years old, coming to the city, I wanted to act and become a superstar featuring in different TV shows. But I knew for a fact that the battles I had been going through as a teenager will be tested in this city. I realised that what society wanted me to take wasn't the case for humanity and me," she said. 

"I remember for the first time in my life after very many years looking at myself in the mirror and I said to myself, I am gay, I am unique and this is my truth."

She added that after that a weight was lifted off her chest as she was finally free.

 Anita Nderu

This sparked an intense conversation on Twitter, with many questioning her sexuality after she posted the tweet below.

"I hope my kids never have to go through what I have gone through for being LGBTQ+," she tweeted.

Others questioned her decision to post such information on social media.

Letoya Johnstone 

Kenyan model has never shied away from the fact that she is a member of the LGBTQ community.

Letoya who considers herself a woman has been a member for years, she has however faced a lot of criticism, and mistreatment with the latest incident being thrown out of a club.