Harsh laws and hatred thwart fight for gay equality in Nigeria

On Jan 12, 2017 Business Insider reported: LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Habibah, a Nigerian lesbian, was forced by her family to marry a man, who raped her on their wedding night, while Somadina was told she would die early because she calls herself queer.

Their experiences are documented in a new report by the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which promotes social acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Nigerians.

“The spectrum of hatred and discrimination against LGBT people is very wide in Nigeria, and forms part of deep-rooted cultural attitudes,” said Bisi Alimi, director and founder of the foundation.

The 41-year-old was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television, coming out in 2004. Facing threats to his life thereafter, he moved to Britain where he now lives with his husband.

Read more at Harsh laws and hatred thwart fight for gay equality in Nigeria – Business Insider

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