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LGBTI Rights in Nigeria


ADDED ON: 05/21/2022

Nigeria’s LGBTQ Community Fights Restrictive Cross-Dressing Bill

Dressed in rainbow-colored vests, members of the LGBTQ community marched in a risky demonstration in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to protest a bill introduced by lawmakers in Nigeria's lower house of parliament last…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2022

Two Nigerian filmmakers discuss the future of queer cinema in Nollywood

In the 2003 feature film Emotional Crack, one of the first Nigerian films to depict a queer relationship, a woman in an abusive marriage with a man finds comfort and solace in…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2022

Queer Nigerians protest proposed anti-trans ‘cross-dressing’ ban

Dozens of LGBTQ protesters gathered Sunday in the capital of Nigeria to oppose anti-trans legislators’ proposal to ban “cross-dressing”. The bill, which seeks to amend a 2013 act banning same-sex marriage, would…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2022

Federal court overturns ruling that demanded asylum seeker prove he’s gay

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against an immigration judge’s finding that denied an asylum bid by a Nigerian man who says he is gay.…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2022

Appeals Court Rejects Ruling That Gay Nigerian Didn’t Prove He’s Gay

A Nigerian man’s asylum bid has been revived after a ruling by a U.S. appeals court Wednesday. The man said he was applying for asylum because of his sexual orientation and his…

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ADDED ON: 05/04/2022

Queer Nigerians stage defiant protest as government tries to ban ‘crossdressing’.

Around 50 LGBT+ activists took to the streets of Abuja, Nigeria, to protest a reviled bill that would make “crossdressing” illegal. The bill, which seeks to amend a 2013 act banning same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2022

Qtalk counselors call the LGBTQ+ advice app ‘truly brilliant’, ‘a life saver’

In Nigeria, the Qtalk app on Android phones is “a life saver”, “truly brilliant” and “like magic”, according to counselors who use it to provide free confidential advice to LGBTQ+ Nigerians. Through…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2022

Queer women win West African writing contest

The Brittle Paper literary magazine has announced the winners of its writing competition for queer women from West Africa. The winning authors came from Nigeria, Ghana and Benin. The anthology “Wedged Between…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2021

Qtalk has advice for gay man who is attracted to a straight friend

LGBTQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counsellors via the Qtalk app, which is supported by this site and by the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. Anderson, a 20-year old…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2021

As anti-LGBTQ+ crackdowns persist across Africa, these activists continue to fight

Across Africa, queer people face oppression, discrimination and violence for their identities. A 2020 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) reveals that the continent accounts for…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2021

‘I feel invisible’: The challenges of being trans in Nigeria

Tom Kola was five years old when he realised he was a boy. But it took more than two decades and a move halfway across the world before he would have an…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2021

Watch: Nigerian LGBTQ+ activists campaigning and demanding to be seen and heard

Now despite the strides towards equality around the world, homosexuality remains a crime in some 69 countries, almost half of them in Africa. But in Nigeria, Africa’s cultural powerhouse, social media is supporting…

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