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‘I knew I was different from age 10’ – Doyin Okupe’s gay son reveals




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Bolu Okupe, son of former presidential aide, Dr Doyin Okupe, is opening up about his sexual preference of being gay and also reacting to his father’s remarks about his revelation in an interview with Punch.

On his sexual preference: “Sexual orientation is not something that one can “reconsider”. This is the way I am and it is the way I have always been and will always be. I and many others in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community were born the way we are, many may not understand this but stop and think for a second, why would we intentionally choose this lifestyle when we know that we will be ridiculed and shamed by society? I do hope that one day we can, as Nigerians and Africans, get to the point where we love and accept each other regardless of things such as sexual orientation.

On what he feels about his father’s comment that his sexual preference is anti Christ: I will just say that I love and appreciate every one of my family members, my father inclusive, because if not for him, I definitely would not be able to live the life that I currently live. So, I will never utter anything disrespectful (to him) on any platform. With regard to homosexuality being anti-Christ, this is not incorrect, as many have pointed out to me. It is clearly forbidden in the Bible; however, I would like to also mention that there are a lot of things that are also forbidden in the Bible that many Christians partake in. So, it confuses me why people of the Christian religion feel like they can pick and choose what to be morally superior about.

On why he chose to be gay: I did not choose to be gay. No one chooses their sexual orientation. The same way people do not choose to be straight, you just know.

On when he realised that he is gay: At what point did it occur to you that you’re one: From the age of 10 or 11, I knew I was different, and if you speak to more people in the LGBTQ community they will tell you the same thing. It starts around pre-puberty years. We would progress more as a society if we spoke more to each other and judged less.

On if his orientation can ever change if he relocates to Nigeria because of the country’s stance against homosexuality: My orientation can never change. As I stated before, if I was still living in Nigeria I would likely be living the same way all the millions of gay men there live, in secrecy. What happens in Nigeria is that many gay men lead a double life and this is not a life that I want for myself. Our time on this earth is short and limited and you don’t want to waste it living a lie or pretending to be something that you are not. There are also many Nigerian women who are married to gay men and basically their whole lives and marriages are a complete sham. Some know, some don’t, but I would never be able to do that to another human.



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