Begging Question: how would you react if your close family member came out as gay?
If you’re in Nigeria, you already know that being gay is tagged a crime…not immoral, not confusing, not traditionally inaccurate, not spiritually different. It’s seen as a full-blown crime with a 14-year jail sentence for the guilty parties.Last week, the son of Doyin Okupe, former Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Bolu Okupe, announced he is gay. Doyin Okupe who is openly homophobic and at the forefront of the 14-year jail term reacted by saying:
“My attention has been drawn to a publication of my 27yr old son, Bolu Okupe, in which he declared publicly that he is gay. I gave him that name, Moba Oluwa rin (I walked with God) because he was born at the time I gave my life to Christ. I have been aware of this his new orientation for a while now…..I am vehemently opposed to homosexuality as it runs contrary to the avowed precepts of my Christian faith. For me, I look beyond the surface or the physical. Here, I see a major spiritual challenge ahead but I know as my God liveth, this whole saga will end up in praise to the Almighty Jehovah who I serve day and night.”
This week on begging questions, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Following the recent news, how will you react if your close family member turns out to be gay?As usual, I asked a few people. You can see their responses below.“In this time and age, I don’t think I would be shocked if that happened. I mean…I will be perplexed that it’s happening so close to home, but, what will I do? Can’t kill them. Will just accept that it’s who they are. These days, I’m really indifferent to a lot, to be honest. Live and let live. To each his own.” – Moyo“
Acceptance” – Ifeanyi
“Try and get you laid. I will use Tinder. I have always been fascinated with understanding how same-sex works.” – Kingsley
“Well, I will pray for him or her and ask him or her to do the same. If he or she doesn’t see anything wrong, then I’ll just hold my peace and let God do His Will. In the end, he or she is God’s creation. And it’s only logical that you don’t do your intercourse near me. That’s when the flogging will start.”- Ify
How would you react?