President’s daughter’s coming out sparks debate

President’s daughter’s coming out sparks debate
President’s daughter’s coming out sparks debate

From Switzerland, Brenda Biya revealed her homosexuality on social networks. A strong stance while her father strongly represses romantic relationships between people of the same sex.

An affair that has rekindled the debate. A few days ago, Brenda Biya, the daughter of Paul Biya, the Cameroonian president, revealed her homosexuality by publishing a photo of herself on social networks from Switzerland where she is kissing her partner, the Brazilian model Layyons Valença. “I’m crazy about you and I want the world to know it,” she wrote in the caption. A “coming out” that sparked a wave of reactions, both positive and negative, on a national and international scale.

“Brenda Biya, daughter of Cameroonian President Paul Biya, has created shockwaves by publicly revealing her romantic relationship with another woman,” reported Cameroonian website Africapresse.

Indeed, this “coming out” is taking place in a country where homosexuality is punishable by “imprisonment of six months to five years and a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 francs (30 to 305 euros) for any person who has sexual relations with a person of the same sex” as stipulated in article 347 bis of the country’s penal code.

The one who calls herself King Nasty in the context of her musical career has already alluded to her sexual orientation. As Damien Glez, the Franco-Burkinabe cartoonist and columnist, recalled in a column published in Jeune Afrique, the 26-year-old woman defined herself as “a bit of the masculine gender and a bit of the feminine gender.”

“Very polarized reactions”

“In public opinion, reactions are very polarized, between support and condemnation,” said Deutsche Welle. Shakiro, a Cameroonian trans woman exiled in Belgium, congratulated the young woman, hoping for positive repercussions following this revelation. “We will obtain this decriminalization of homosexuality thanks to you,” she said.

For gay rights activist Hamlet Nkwain, this coming out will not necessarily lead to “the decriminalization of homosexuality, but will open the door to new debates.” For others, as Jeune Afrique points out, paternal love could weigh in the balance.

On the detractors’ side, many of them did not hesitate to point out Brenda Biya’s lifestyle. “It remains to be seen whether this revelation will influence policies and societal perceptions in the long term,” wondered Africapresse.

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