|Gay and Christian in
"I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in also." John 10:16
Other Sheep in
and Uganda 2008
|Anne Baraza Makokha, Counselor
and Advisor for Other Sheep Kenya
- wife and mother
- counselor and
advisor for LGBT
people and their
friends and family
- church leader
I was priviledged to hear
Anne tell her story
publically to her audiences
as well as in bits and
pieces in person.
Here's what I recall.
Anne grew up in an
evangelical home where
she and her sibblings
expressed personal faith in
Christ at some point in their
lives while still at home.
Anne has an older sister whom she admired and
looked up to during their teenage years (and still
does). When her sister came out as a lesbian,
Anne was a hurt teenager. She did not understand
how her older Christian sister, committed to the
faith, could have fallen away so far.
Anne began to think and question. Her sister was
still that shinning Christian Anne loved. There was
a contradition here in Anne's thinking, and it proded
her to read seriously about sexual orientation.
While at an evangelical college in Nairobi, Anne, still
a self taught student on gay and lesbian concerns,
wrote a paper on the topic for one of her class
The professor was unsympatetic with Anne's
conclusion. He gave her studied arguements no
place for consideration. Instead, he told her:
"Obviously, you don't know what the Bible says,"
and instructed her to take the paper back and
Welcome to the halls of higher learner.
as recalled by Steve Parelli
Anne, unhindered by her professor's
rejection, has continued in her
persuit to understand
homosexuality. The out-right refusal
of her professor to consider her
arguments based on her earnest
academic study, served only to
compel her to learn more and speak
up more for her gay Christian sister,
and others like her, who are
immediately and completely
dismissed by the church with the
simple statement, "Obviosly, you
don't know what the Bible says."
VISIT Steve and Jose!
Visit the Other Sheep web site of the Executive
Director, Steve Parelli (at right in photo), and his
partner Jose Ortiz.
|This web page was created September 2008
Visits made to this web page since September 2008
Anne in her home,
July 4, 2008
Anne in her backyard, July 4, 2008
The Anne Baraza - John Makokha home
Anne, with her
August 1, 2008
and John, In
July 5, 2008
ABOVE: Lavender, the
daughter of John and Anne
Anne, with their duaghter
Lavender, in front of their
home. July 5, 2008
The mother of "Aunti Ivy" Anne Baraza
ABOVE LEFT: The mother of "Auntie Ivy" attended the three half-day seminar in Nairobi. Here, she is
giving her remarks of appreciation at the end of the seminar. Since July of 2007, when Emmanuel
Kamau's mom first met Other Sheep, she has involved herself with PFLAG meetings when able. It is
to parents like this, as well as friends and families of LGBT people, and LGBT people themselves,
that Anne will help. Emmanuel Kamau ("Auntie Ivy") reports that his mother, with the help of PFLAG
and Other Sheep, has grown much, over the past year, in her understanding and acceptance of his
NOTE: Emmanuel Kamau was affectionately given the name "Auntie Ivy" while in Kenya because of
his knack to advise gay men. In Kenya, the "Aunt" of the family is the one who advises young men in
matters of courtship and young women.
CLOCKWISE: Participant in the Kisumu seminar
(above left); viewing a church under construction
(above right); official recorder of the Nairobi seminar
(below); attending services where her husband
Anne teaching at the Nairobi
seminar (July 8) and the
Kisumu seminar (August 1,
|Continue the 2008 tour.
Next: Pastor J. Elie Gasna