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Gay Man in Rwanda Notes 'Intense Pressure' After Coming Out

Friday Oct 11, 2019
Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda
Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda  (Source:AP Photo/Olivier Muhizi)

A Rwandan gospel singer who recently came out as gay says he has quit his day job as an accountant after "intense pressure" from colleagues.

Albert Nabonibo says he felt alienated and no longer a part of the beverages company that employed him in the capital, Kigali.

He says that after he came out in August some of his managers said they should not employ gay people "because the company will not do well."

The company's human resources manager, Rosine Humure, denies that Nabonibo was forced out, saying he voluntarily resigned last month.

Nabonibo also says he has been evicted by his landlord, underscoring the risks faced by gays in a region where homosexuality is widely despised.

Same-sex marriage is banned in Rwanda.

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