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The Nigerian Same Sex Bill Has Become Law

13 Jan
Picture is from the movie "Tongues Untied"

From the movie “Tongues Untied” (1989)

President Goodluck Jonathan signed the anti-same-sex marriage bill into law on the 7th of January. It was all very hush-hush unlike the fanfare that accompanied the bills various movements through the House of Senate. The bill bans all gay clubs and activist groups meaning that it has effectively shut down any dissenting voices. That such a bill will be passed in a country where it is already illegal to be gay seems ludicrous but there is a clichéd saying that truth is often stranger than fiction and sadly that seems to be the case here. Just as surprising was the amount of homophobia some young citizens released on Twitter. Although Nigerians spoke out against this new law, most were citizens living outside the country. As much as I know that it’s not everyone that feels that way and as much as I know that some gay people feel pressured to join the gay-bashing brigade online to maintain their “cover”, I can’t help with wonder if the anti-gay sentiment is stronger than I thought. If the people who are computer literate, have access to the web and its attendant wealth of information could still say such things in this day and age, then what about those who don’t have such tools and/or knowledge available to them? Gay men and women have been warned to stay of all dating sites and not meet any new people because it is expected that violence against LGBTs will rise fast. I wonder what will happen to the young gay boy or girl who is now discovering themselves in this climate.

Life just got harder.

 
11 Comments

Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Politik

 

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11 responses to “The Nigerian Same Sex Bill Has Become Law

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    January 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I was very surprised to read about the presidential signature. I know that pressure had been applied to Nigeria against this move at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government conference. It’s amazing to me that the two major belief systems in Nigeria, Christianity and Islam, both supposedly advocating tolerance, both fail to see their hypocrisy. Thanks for publishing this! Much love and naked hugs, my friend! 🙂

     
    • D.C.

      January 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Religion has a lot to answer for indeed. Thanks and much love

       
  2. manleben

    January 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Well that’s a bummer. Such a sad state of affairs 😦

     
    • D.C.

      January 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Indeed..

       
  3. Tom Janus

    January 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Totally unimaginable! I squirm in my seat just reading about it. I’ve never been to Nigeria, and I surely never will.

     
    • D.C.

      January 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      It has definitely become a less than desirable travel destination..

       
      • Tom Janus

        January 17, 2014 at 1:49 am

        Point noted, thanks D.C.

         
  4. fundamentallyqueer

    January 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Life definitely just got harder. Well that solidifies my resolve not to go back home. It feels less and less like home everyday.

     
    • D.C.

      January 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      I totally agree with you.

       
  5. angryricky

    January 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I’m missing a button that says “Dislike.”

     
    • D.C.

      January 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

      I know exactly what you mean..

       

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