Meet Makena Njeri explaining why she stopped going to church because she felt judged;
In an interview with Sauti Sol’s Bien-Aimé Baraza, Makena stated that immediately she came out as gay she felt judged and unwanted in the Holy place.
“I have said this so many times, I am a Christian, I love going to church, but I stopped going to church the moment I came out. Because Immediately I walked into church and I did not feel safe anymore. From the priest, to the women, to the choir, the people seated next to me, they were just like, ‘what are you doing in church and we watched your Ted Talk two days ago?’” she said.
According to the former BBC journalist, growing up, she had been taught that the church was a safe haven where she could run to and seek protection and love but in her own words, that unfortunately turned out to be false.
“Growing up we were told church is a safe place but it changes immediately you start living your truth. I would comfortably still be going to church if there was no judgement. But religion has been used to weaponize completely,” she added. Coming out
Sometime in March 2021, Makena opened up on her sexuality while appearing as a guest speaker on TEDx Talks and revealed she was gay, a revelation she admits took some weight off her shoulder.
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