Patou - Kinshasa LGBTQI Activist

I worked with the Children’s Radio Foundation and Makhulu Media on an advocacy campaign in 2016 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo where I met Patou Izai. He is an LGBTQI activist in Kinshasa. In 2011, he told his family that he was gay. It was difficult for him to do, and caused difficulties in his relationship with his family. He knew so many young people in DRC who had similar struggles, and who wanted to help. This led him to establish Jeunialissime, a LGBTQI advocacy group in DRC. Patou and his group members use the power of radio to get LGBTQI youth in DRC speaking about their lives and their concerns, and to chip away at stigma and discrimination in society at large.

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