Many Kenyans online have a known record of being cyberbullies, something that controversial blogger and social media influencer Xtian Dela has suffered from this past week.
Xtian has been under the cosh after his comments on Monday where he announced his support for LGBTQ issues as he revealed his manifesto for the Westlands constituency seat.
It has gotten so bad that the formidable and take-no-prisoners Dela has had to speak on the issue on his popular Twitter handle.
He said that the hurtful reactions had had a detrimental effect on his sleep.
“Been getting hate comments, calls, emails, DMs, calls, and texts all day because of my LGBT stand. The INSULTS, HATE and BILE are just too much. Haven’t been able to even sleep. The CYBER BULLYING I’m receiving is EXTREME. Too much hate for LGBT,” tweeted Xtian Dela.
On Monday, Mr. Dela announced that the LGBT community will be his first priority if he clinches the Westlands Parliamentary seat in 2022.
“Let’s be REAL…Most young people in Kenya are part of the LGBTQI community! You and I both have very amazing gay friends and we have NO issue about it!! It’s high time as Kenyans we accepted this fact and legislated laws that PROTECT them instead of criminalizing and insulting them!!..If we have no issue with them personally, why don’t we PROTECT them PUBLICLY & constitutionally?!?” wrote Xtian Dela.
“People should be FREE to love who they WANT in private and public! Love is love and it’s high time KENYA embraced that!!If we believe we are created equal, the love we show each other MUST also be equal. No Cap!!…Why live like a THUG in hiding Just because of LOVE?!…It’s high time EVERYONE had a voice!!….My LGBTQI friends who ain’t in WESTLANDS, Change your vote to Westlands and let your VOICE finally be heard by voting for me as Westlands MP!! Time to make laws that benefit EVERYONE!!”
Dela isn’t the only prominent celeb to take up the LGBTQ cause. Former BBC journalist and Tahidi High actress Makena Njeri has also started her own foundation to help push and fight for LGBTQ issues.
Makena is all in and even went as far as coming out of the closet to reveal that she was gay.