|I live my life as
a gay man in secret. I learned to
live hidden in response to
societal attitudes toward sexual minorities.
- Black Tiger: It is a relationship between two same-sex
- Black Tiger: when I was 14 or 15 years
- Black Tiger: During my teenage years. Comparing to my friends who were attracted to girls, I was attracted to boys.
- Black Tiger: There is no one particular event but often when I was walking down the street, my eyes were attracted to boys. In college, after gym class, I was excited to see my fellows naked in the shower.
- Black Tiger: I felt a pleasure to feel that feeling
- Black Tiger: No
- Black Tiger: I discovered homosexuality alone. I live my life as a gay man in secret. I learned to live hidden in response to societal attitudes toward sexual minorities.
- Black Tiger: I believe it was more than 15 years ago, through erotic magazines and books.
|Despite my marriage, I am gay and I'm attracted to men|
- Black Tiger: It's a bit hard to say. I was already gay before I discovered the name for my sexual identity. This does not surprise me. For the future, I am afraid that my family finds out I'm gay.
- Black Tiger: No.
- Black Tiger: We hear about some local celebrities. But it is unnecessary evidence to confirm their homosexuality or bisexuality. So I can not mention their names.
- Black Tiger: I think this is not true. Homosexuality has always existed in Africa but remained hidden following the customs and traditions. This is not a concept from abroad or imported by Europeans.
- Black Tiger: Today it is more virulent than when I was growing up because in the past homosexuality was not very publicized. During my childhood, people spoke very little about it. Today, many people talk about it but in very negative way.
- Black Tiger: It has become more virulent because of the evangelical churches that condemn homosexuality seriously. These are many evangelical churches in the DRC in recent years. According to the followers of those churches, homosexuality is an evil behavior.
- Black Tiger: Yes, I can give one name, the bishop Ejiba Yamapia and the Deputy Steve Mbikayi. They are initiators of bills criminalizing homosexuality in Democratic Republic of Congoin 2010 and 2013. There is also the country's media that disseminates misinformation about homosexuals by claiming that they are mentally ill or people possessed by evil spirits. People who are stirring up homophobia are evangelists, journalists and also politicians. They are all Congoleses.
- Black Tiger: I don’t know
- Black Tiger: I think that those outside will not help us unless we agree to no longer hide. It is very difficult that they help us when most of us dare not appear. Personally, I'm afraid to be openly gay in Kinshasa. You can work with human right associations.
- Black Tiger: I have no pressure from my family because I did not make my coming out.
- Black Tiger: I got married just to be in compliance with our customs. However, I also wanted to have kids. Despite my marriage, I am gay and I'm attracted to men.
Question by Doug Spencer Cooper
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