Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), but not everyone recognizes it.
And, for some members of the LGBTI community, a lack of recognition traces all the way back to their family members, who abandon or shun them once they come out.
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, along with Nature Network hosts Ronnie and Raymond Brian, shed light on abandonment faced by LGBTI communities across Africa.
Both men in the video are members of an LGBTI refugee group in Nairobi, Kenya, so Ronnie knows exactly how it feels to lose touch with family because of who he is.
He says: ‘It has been hard because my family thinks it unnatural. They’ve grown up in this concept where it’s a boy marries a girl.
‘It feels too bad. You feel disappointed and abandoned. You feel alone and you have this self-rejection because everyone is against you because of who you are. You feel yourself, you’re gay, it’s your feeling, but everyone is against it.’
Ronnie cites religion and the countries’ anti-LGBTI constitutions as reasons for close-mindedness.
Watch the entire video here: