Irene Major, the billionaire wife, ex-model, and now Gay Rights activist set the Internet ablaze when she announced the launch of her new foundation, ‘Gay In Africa ’Foundation which is geared towards fighting for the rights of the LGBT community in Africa.
The Gay Rights activist was insulted and even threaten on social media by Africans who still see homosexuality as a taboo.
Kinnaka’s blog had a brief chat with Irene Major about “Gay In Africa”. Check it out below:
KB – What are the objectives of Gia Foundation?
KB – There is a lot of discussion in Cameroon at the moment about whether Charlotte Dipanda is a lesbian after certain photos of her were posted online. What is your take on this?
My initial reaction was: Who cares?! Let her be herself whether she is straight, lesbian, bi, or whatever. Let her love. This remains my fundamental point. However, on reflection I realise that there are other issues to highlight. The comment has been made that she is not open about her relationships. Well, first, that is her right and, second, it would not be surprising if she is concerned at the hatred that will rain on her from certain quarters if is anything but straight and she comes out. After publication of the photos on the internet, has she changed in anyway? Is her music different? Less danceable? Less moving? Less fun? Of course not! Except to those who suddenly devalue her, devalue her creativity and excise her contribution to Cameroonian and African culture. Not only is this discriminatory, it is also plain stupid. Charlotte Dipenda, whatever her choices in love and relationships are, is a beautiful and wonderful human being who contributes richly to African culture and to the world’s culture. #LetLoveLive