“Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Come out, show your identity, you are who you are, boy, you’re who you are. Don’t let anybody intimidate you. I be gay, I be no herdsman, and I am proud.”
The report also documents the ways in which Nigeria’s legal system has failed the LGBTQ community by endorsing the violations inflicted on them and continuing to deny them their basic human rights. It lists physical attacks, extortion, blackmail, invasion of privacy, arbitrary arrests, and unlawful detention as some of the common trends of violation.
57 men were recently arrested by the Lagos State Police on suspicions of engaging in homosexuality. According to NAIJ.com TV, the suspects were arrested at a party in a Lagos night club at around 02:00hrs on grounds that the party in which they were in attendance was a gay/ homosexual initiation party.
According to a report released in February by the Nigerian police, Abdul Lawal, dressed as the groom, and Umar Tahir, dressed as the bride, were just about to take their seats at their well-attended marriage ceremony on Feb. 6, when plainclothes police broke up the party and whisked them away to jail, along with several of the guests.
Since March 2012, House Of Rainbow has provided a Safe House for the safety and protection of persecuted LGBT people in Nigeria. The work by the House became more poignant in the rise of violence against LGBT persons since January 2014.
The house is in Danger of closing down by 31st March 2015
Since 2012, we have provided emergency accommodation to LGBT people. We continue to maintain a safe place for those who needed somewhere when there is violence and or crisis at their homes or communities based on SOGI.
We need your HELP NOW to save this project.
By Kenny Brandmuse: When I first told my ex-wife that I was gay, we were far from being married. I wanted her to find other men honorably, who had a thing for women. I never did. I ‘swear down.’ I was only obeying the popular demand of traditions. Now, this was my terrible mistake. No one should […]