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19 January 2006

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Erm-ba-rassed

I've never commented before but I can't help myself in this instance.

I just turned 18 last year marking the seventh year I've been in the states. Being gay I have never been more ashamed to be of Nigerian origin.

I mean christ just how much more backwards can that sh*t hole get.

Ugh

david

I am a gay Nigerian and I am NOT ashamed of my national origins. Instead of shame, I am even more determined to work with existing LGTB rights groups back home to push for our basic civil rights.

It's easy to stay here in the US and "feel ashamed" of the wave of rabid neo-conservatism that's sweeping a number of African countries but that's not the solution.

The solution is a renewed commitment to political activism, both here in the US and abroad.

Roger Pollard

A close friend of mine is Nigerian and lives in Lagos. He lives a fairly open life with no direct negative consequences. However enlightened this area is, it is the predominately Islamic northern regions of this country where this law could actually prove fatal to some of our brothers and sisters there.

As David posted above, we all need to renew our solidarity with the struggle for equality everywhere.

Roger Pollard

A close friend of mine is Nigerian and lives in Lagos. He lives a fairly open life with no direct negative consequences. However enlightened this area is, it is the predominately Islamic northern regions of this country where this law could actually prove fatal to some of our brothers and sisters there.

As David posted above, we all need to renew our solidarity with the struggle for equality everywhere.

Wil

I am very interested in doing something about the situation in Nigeria. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

I also have an informal Yahoo Group that contributes to causes such as this.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blackgaymenandwomenofaction
(free registration required)

ptownson

It really only makes good sense that a country which the origin of about 90-95 percent of the internet scams which try to trick your private details out of you (Nigeria) and in so many other ways is backward and undeveloped (again, Nigeria) would be the source of this incredible and unfortunate law regarding GLBT people.

Martyn Mimms, formerly the rector of Truro Episcopal Church (now they refer to him as 'Archbishop Mimms') has tried for quite a while to backpeddle out of this messy situation, but to no avail. He is quickly becoming known as Akinola's go-fer man in the USA.

The Episcopal Church (national) has worked so hard for a long time to make the church an inviting place for ALL people, gay or not, and now Akinola's own words are threatening to destroy that.

Nwaigbo Chukwudi

I feel Those people who placed the ban on gay life are the main gays trying to cover their sexuality, for me here, im an open gay not caring of what people might say, but really i dont go looking for trouble or harrassing guys who are not gays. but i really think if gay life should be legalized here in Nigeria, let we the gays try as much as possible to do something that will affect the lives of Nigerians positively and not trying to be forceful on it, so that the majority of the public will not really be against our legalization.

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