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Former Kiss 100 presenter Lynda Nyangweso says she is bisexual though married

 Lynda Nyangweso

Former Kiss 100 presenter Lynda Nyangweso has confirmed she is bisexual even though she is married.

Bisexuality is when a person finds both men and women physically, sexually or emotionally attractive. 

Through her Instastories, Nayngweso said she has ‘never really had to come out’ due to her marital status but called on the public to uphold the rights of the queer community.

“As a bisexual woman, I’ve never really had to 'come out' because I am married to a man but this isn’t the time to mince words. LGBTQIA rights are human rights. I’ll say that again. LGBTQIA rights are human rights. No, if ands or buts," she wrote.

She also highlighted the current situation in Uganda where an anti-LGBTQ bill was passed saying the ‘hateful agenda’ would soon snake its way to Kenya.

"Seeing what is happening in Uganda should worry us here in Kenya. LGBTQIA rights are already so compromised and it is naive to think that one of the only hateful agendas that unite government and opposition won't mean legislated hate here.

"No one should be forced back into or forced out of the closet. LGBTQIA rights are human rights," Linda wrote.

 A screengrab of her posts.

This comes just days after lawmakers in Uganda passed a bill prescribing jail terms of up to 10 years for offenses related to same-sex relations, responding to popular sentiment but piling more pressure on the East African country’s LGBTQ community.

The bill was passed late Tuesday inside a packed parliamentary chamber, and after a roll call ordered by the House speaker, who had repeatedly warned it was necessary to identify those who might oppose the bill. It was supported by nearly all of the 389 legislators present.

“Congratulations,” said Speaker Anita Among. “Whatever we are doing, we are doing it for the people of Uganda.”

An earlier version of the bill enacted in 2014 later was nullified by a court on procedural grounds. Human Rights Watch has described the legislation as “a more egregious version” of the 2014 law, which drew widespread international concern and was struck down amid pressure from Uganda’s development partners.

Earlier this month in Kenya, President William Ruto weighed in on the LGBTQ debate, assuring the nation that he will not allow it.

Ruto said he respects the rule of law but Kenya has its own culture and traditions.

“I am God fearing and although we respect the ruling made by the Supreme Court, we have our culture and traditions.

“Our religious affiliations (Islam or Christianity) cannot allow a woman to get married to a fellow woman or a man to a fellow man. We cannot do down that route,” he said.

Ruto further called on religious leaders to rise up and guide their flock, lest we lose our moral fabric.

“It can happen elsewhere but not in Kenya. We know there are people pushing the LGBTQ agenda and our children are being bombarded with this talk.

“I will not allow women to compete with other women…I will not allow men to look for fellow men to marry. Where will you find men if they do that? I will not agree,” he said.

 President William Ruto [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

[Additional reporting by AP]

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