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Other Sheep Kenya audio interview with OUTTAKE in two partsReleased November 24 and December 9, 2010

RMN logoWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010.  In the first installment of this two-part exclusive audio interview, Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Reverend John Makokha, senior pastor of Riruta United Methodist Church in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the African correspondent for Reconciling Ministries Network and the Country Coordinator of Other Sheep Kenya Trust, a faith-based LGBTI organization. John is the Africa Author of Reconciling Ministries Network. He passionately runs educational awareness seminars on human sexuality and gender identity programs to address religious homophobia and transphobia in Kenya with his wife Anne.

John Makokha, Nairobi, July 4, 2008
Rev. John Makokha, Coordinator for Other Sheep Kenya

When asked as a heterosexual man how he got involved in the LGBT community, Rev. Makokha stated, "In high school when I was still a student I had friends who were gay. I saw them going through a lot of persecution, a lot of suffering and living in the closet. And one of them named David who was very dear to me, very close to me, was expelled from high school and also his family threw him out because of his sexual orientation. And later on he took his life. He committed suicide and that really effected me."

As Coordinator for Other Sheep Kenya, John organizes and leads educational awareness seminars on human sexuality and gender identity throughout Kenya. Other Sheep Kenya addresses religious homophobia, transphobia, social justice, and HIV/AIDS in Kenya through capacity building and advocacy programs for LGBTI people and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Other Sheep has ministries in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Other Sheep Kenya came into existence during the 2007 Kenya summer ministry program of Rev. Stephen Parelli and Jose Ortiz, Other Sheep Executive Director and Other Sheep Coordinator for Africa,

Uganda Jose and Steve on motor bike
Jose Ortiz (left) and Steve Parelli (right) in Uganda, 2007, transporting by motorbike.

respectively. Our Gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community are once again subject to homophobia, religious and cultural extremism. The United Nations voted to remove "sexual orientation" from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions. The UN General Assembly has actually voted to allow LGBT people to be executed without cause. Read More.... This holiday season we hope our audience will consider making a donation to support our LGBT community, especially in oppressive countries.

 Anne Baraza Makokha
Anne Baraza, Counselor for Other Sheep Kenya and wife of Rev. John Makokha

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010.  In the conclusion of this two-part exclusive audio interview, Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Rev. John Makokha, senior pastor of Riruta United Methodist Church in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the African correspondent for Reconciling Ministries Network and the Country Coordinator of Other Sheep Kenya Trust, a faith-based LGBTI organization. John is the Africa Author of Reconciling Ministries Network. He passionately runs educational awareness seminars on human sexuality and gender identity programs to address religious homophobia and transphobia in Kenya with his wife Anne.

Africa Bible Commentary
The featured article on homosexuality in this volume promotes homophobia among evangelicals in Africa.

When asked what he thought about American religious leaders' influence on Africa, Makokha stated, "I'm really concerned about the American Fundamental Christian leaders who are very, very homophobic. I think what America needs to do is focus on what the bible says about human sexuality and gender identity and maybe try to reach out in Christian awareness and maybe have conferences with Fundamental Christian Religious leaders so they can tone down their red flags on homosexuality. I'm sorry to say it is a big concern in Africa that we respect each other's opinions but the Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian leaders from America have been transporting homophobia to Africa. The best example is the bill in Uganda and even in Kenya and other parts of Africa have been receiving big chunks of money to propagate heterosexuality and propagate homophobia."

As Coordinator for Other Sheep Kenya, John organizes and leads educational awareness seminars on human sexuality and gender identity throughout Kenya. Other Sheep Kenya addresses religious homophobia, transphobia, social justice, and HIV/AIDS in Kenya through capacity building and advocacy programs for LGBTI people and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Other Sheep has ministries in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Other Sheep Kenya came into existence during the 2007 Kenya summer ministry program of Rev. Stephen Parelli and Jose Ortiz, Other Sheep Executive Director and Other Sheep Coordinator for Africa, respectively. Our gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community are once again subject to homophobia, religious and cultural extremism. Recently the UN General Assembly has actually voted to allow LGBT people to be executed without cause. Read More.... This holiday season we hope our audience will consider making a donation to support our LGBT community, especially in oppressive countries.

Rev. Steve Parelli and Jose Ortiz blog about personal and worldwide religious LGBT concerns at Other Sheep Exec Site blog 
Rev. Steve Parelli and Jose Ortiz share their photos, documents and travels at Other Sheep Exec Site website 
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