KIGALI – Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo told BBC he is prepared to live with the insults hurled at him after he revealed he was gay in an interview on a Christian YouTube channel.
Albert Nabonibo 35, said he was ready to face the challenges in a culture that was hostile towards homosexuality.
“Some have insulted me, some have called me crazy and some stupid, but there are some who understand me, like my brother, who always encouraged me to be who I am,” said Nabonibo.
Nabonibo said he was tired of living a lie, saying he knew of many men, some churchgoers, who were keeping their sexuality secret due to possible discrimination and fear for their lives.
“In fact, there are many men like me, even in churches. The fact is that they hide it because of the mentality of the faithful and the community, and for their safety,” said Nabonibo
There are no anti-gay laws in Rwanda, but many Christian churches preach that homosexuality is a sin. Nabonibo has braved all the odds, as he is the first gospel singer to come out of the closet, according to The Star.
He said no amount of rejection would keep him from “singing for God.