Albert Nabonibo, a gospel singer from Rwanda, came out as gay to live his life normally, but his friends and family have outlawed him. 

When Nabonibo came out in an August YouTube interview, TIME reported that Rwandans were shocked, as coming out as gay in the African country is rare. Although there is no law crminializing gay sex, gay marriage is illegal, forcing gay men and women to live under wraps. William Ntwali, a human rights activist said that even though gay people are protected under the law, they’re still discriminated against. 


“If you are gay, members of your community ostracize you,” Ntwali said, according to TIME. “People think you are not normal, and they look at it as an abomination.”

Nabonibo’s friends say his coming out was shameful, and some were too embarrassed to even talk about him.