In a workshop by Rev. Stephen Parelli, the Executive Director of Other Sheep, at the October 5 and 6, 2016, LGBT People of Color Mental Health Conference, held at the Customs House Building, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan, New York, Parelli presented excerpts from the stories of LGBT Kenyans which he and his husband Jose Ortiz had recorded during their four week visit to Kenya in 2007. They recorded more than 30 stories from individuals between the ages of 19 and 31. Most were college grads or attending college. All were gay except for three straight friends. All, for the most part, either at the time of the recording or formerly, could be characterized as religious or as deeply committed to their place of worship.
Parelli, quoting A. C. Liang, began his PowerPoint presentation with the statement: “By presenting a gay self, an individual alters social reality by creating a community of listeners and thereby establishing the beginnings of a new gay-aware culture.”
The LGBT Kenyan stories were examined for their potentiality or actuality in creating communities of listeners.
Diagram at right created by Rev. Stephen Parelli.
CLICK HERE for Parelli’s paper Kenyan Coming Out Stories: “Creating Communities of Listeners.”
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Photo: Antoine Craigwell, Mohamed Q. Amin, and Steve Parelli
This blog was written and created by Steve Parelli, in the Bronx, and published to the Internet from the Bronx, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Photo at right: Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan, New York City. Photo by Steve Parelli.