Durban-born writer Siya Khumalo has on many occasions been attacked without provocation because of his sexuality.
Khumalo has penned his raw experiences of sexuality, religion and politics in his debut novel, You Have to be Gay to Know God.
He lays himself bare in the biographical book with many anecdotes about coming out, acceptance, love, family, homophobic violence, bible-bashing and more.
I've been getting a lot of messages saying I've opened a can of worms and started something.— Siya Khumalo, author
I have to show up somebody else's insecurities and heterosexuality and manhood.— Siya Khumalo, author
When I initially set out to write this book, I wanted to write a nice, polite book for Christians to show them that the homophobic interpretation of the bible is skewed, it's wrong and it hurts everyone.— Siya Khumalo, author
I thought the book was to change other people. It changed me more than anybody else.— Siya Khumalo, author
I came face to face with myself. I had to become naked to know God, to know truth.— Siya Khumalo, author
I came out to my mom when I was 12... My mother say she knew [I was gay] from when I was two years old.— Siya Khumalo, author
Take a listen to the thought-provoking discussion with the author:
Thumnail image: Eusebius McKaiser on Twitter.
A much needed conversation. A brave and insightful journey through Siya's encounter. I will definitely get a copy!— Sithe Nzimande (@mlondi260311) June 12, 2018
ps. Siya Khumalo is handsome AF.
@Eusebius now that last insert is one for the Christian homophobic cherry pickers we have in society. That quote from Romans about judging people is one I keep using but many Christians can never come back from. Well done to Siya #TheEusebiusShow— 👑Dreamviller👑 (@karabz_setuke) June 12, 2018