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#HowIResist: A Campaign Dedicated to the Voices and Visibility of the Nigerian LGBT

In a collaborative effort, a number of LGBT young Nigerians came together to lend their voices to a campaign engineered to provide visibility to the Nigerian LGBT community. They are young professionals. They are people in relationships. They are individuals with struggles. They love. They live. And every day of ...

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The TIERs Human Rights Day: What A Treat It Was

I didn’t know what to expect from the TIERs Human Rights Day event, mainly because I had never even heard of TIERs (The Initiative for Equal Rights) before that day, and weeks ago at the Ake festival, we had had several discussions on sexuality, sexual orientation and the law. So ...

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President Obama Calls on Young African Leaders to Support LGBT Rights

Speaking in Washington, D.C., as part of a three-day summit for the Young African Leadership Initiative, President Barack Obama used a question about anti-albino violence in Kenya to address the widespread and deeply entrenched homophobia in many African societies. After saying that violence against people based on their skin color ...

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Mozambique decriminalises LGBT relationships

Mozambique has decriminalized homosexuality in its new penal code, making it one of a few African countries where same-sex relationships are legal. The revised code drops a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature”. There were no prosecutions under that clause but rights activists have said this change is a symbolic ...

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That Write-up About The Kite’s And The Eagle’s Perch

Originally published on Bellanaija.com A lot of gay Nigerians are increasingly stepping into the limelight to campaign for their rights as human beings deserving of respect and peace of mind in their own country. This is a noble and worthwhile pursuit, but it has led a lot of Nigerians to ...

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“I’d defend gay rights ‘to the death’.” – says Actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has said he would fight religious extremists to the death in defence of the right to express one’s sexuality. Cumberbatch, who stars in The Imitation Game as Alan Turing, the brilliant Second World War code-breaker who was persecuted by the British authorities for being gay, lamented the horrors ...

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The shift of the Catholic Church on Gay Issues

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward homosexuals, encouraged that Pope Francis’ famous “Who am I to judge?” position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week. There is no discussion that church doctrine on homosexuality ...

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Uganda Court Invalidates Country’s Anti-Gay Law

Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and “abominable” by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament. The law is “null and void,” presiding judge Steven Kavuma told the court, saying the process had contravened the constitution, as it ...

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EVIL HAS NOT MY FACE

Recently, I happened upon an interview on Sunnewsonline, one that has been making its rounds on several blogs. It was a supposed exposé about the lifestyle of a gay man. The interviewee confessed to a lot of things in a dialogue I could clearly see as ludicrous, a calculated tactic ...

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When You’re Gay In Nigeria

A lot of times we believe that we’re quite removed from certain elements of the west. Homosexuality is one of those issues which exist in our society but we are often very quick to handle it with a 10-foot pole. We don’t want to readily believe that it is something ...

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