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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!

29 Nov

NIGERIAN LGBTI IN DIASPORA AGAINST ANTI SAME-SEX LAWS

Date-  5 DECEMBER, 2011

Time- 11:30am-4:30pm

Venue-Nigeria Permanent Mission , United States

828 Second Ave.

10017

New York, USA

The Nigerian Senate  with a full majority on Tuesday Dec 29, 2011 voted in support of the  bill entitled “An Act To Prohibit Marriage Between Persons Of Same Gender, Solemnization Of Same And For Other Matters Related Therewith” . This was inspite of the  disturbing report  from the October 31, 2011 public hearing in Abuja of the bill.  The independent campaign group, Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws will hold a protest in front of the Nigerian embassy against the passage of the bill and condemn the homophobic atmosphere under which the public hearing was conducted. Enough is Enough, we want our human rights!

The theme of the protest is ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye! The group intends to officially submit our position paper  that was read at the public hearing in Abuja to the Nigerian Ambassador to USA and use the opportunity to express our concerns on the bill as Nigerian Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersex (LGBTI) living in United States of America.

Also, outside the embassy, Nigerian LGBTI and allies will hold hands, hug and kiss as a gesture of kissing Sodomy laws goodbye. Come and join us, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Let us together kiss Sodomy laws and other anti same-sex laws goodbye. International solidarity knows no borders, come one, come all! Solidarity forever!

Link to protest details:-

Facebook event link-

Blog link

Venue Map link here

SIGN OUR PETITION AGAINST THE BILL HERE

Contacts-

John Adewoye- couragenigeria@gmail.com

Ifeanyi Orazulike- alliance.ifeanyi@gmail.com

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YOUTUBE LINK TO VIDEO OF PROTEST RALLY: KISS HOMOPHOBIA, BIPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA GOODBYE!

20 Nov

Protest Rally:Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Goodbye!

 

Protest pics: Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!

16 Nov

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Report of the Protest: Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Goodbye organized by Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws on Tuesday 15 November in London.

16 Nov

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Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws on Tuesday 15 Nov, 2011 staged a protest rally at the Nigerian House to protest the Anti same-sex marriage bill (Read the bill here: http://www.nass.gov.ng/nass/legislation2.php?search=marriage+&Submit=Search ) and demand for the repeal of all Anti same-sex laws. Nigerian LGBTI and straight supporters came out to join the protest, international supporters including notable UK Human rights activist, Peter Tatchell also stood with the Nigerian LGBTI in solidarity. The protesters carried placards with different slogans; some of the banners’ slogans were “Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Goodbye!” “Proudly Gay, Proudly Nigerian!” “Some Nigerians are Gay, Get over it!” “Sodomy law is a colonial relic, repeal it now!” “Kiss Anti Same Sex marriage bill and Sodomy laws Goodbye!” and “Stop turning us into refugees, Repeal Sodomy laws Now!”.

The Campaign group’s position paper on the bill http://wp.me/P1YdPM-I , report of the public hearing  http://wp.me/p1YdPM-3 and one thousand petition signatures condemning the bill (Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/nigeria-stop-the-anti-same-sex-marriage-bill-decriminalize-same-sex-love ) were submitted by Yemisi Ilesanmi and Davis Mac-Iyalla, coordinators of the protest, to the delegated representative of the Nigerian high commissioner. The group however condemned the decision of the high commissioner, HE Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, not to receive the group or send a senior official to represent him, even though he was notified in advance of the visit and protest. The group coordinators encountered some difficulties gaining access into the Nigerian House. The chief security officer later said he would collect the position paper on behalf of the high commissioner.

However, immediately after collecting the papers, the security officer insisted the protesters move away from the building to the opposite side of the road because the High commission was expecting some important visitors; a red carpet was laid to receive these important visitors in an indoor party. Yemisi Ilesanmi condemned the attitude of the Nigerian ambassador and his senior officials, she said the behavior was unethical, discriminatory and shows a lack of respect and contempt by the High commissioner for the citizens of Nigeria especially the LGBT community.

Speaking on the megaphone, Davis Mac-Iyalla urged Nigerians to repent of their homophobia; he also demanded that the Senators should stop peeping into citizens bedrooms and instead take seriously the important task of moving Nigeria’s economy forward.

Tokunbo Oke, a Nigerian human right defender and straight ally urged the Nigerian government to stop its discrimination of Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and Transsexuals. He said the emphasis of the Nigerian government should be on curbing corruption and not how to further criminalizing its vulnerable citizens.

Mojisola Adebayo in her speech lamented that Nigeria Senators are using the same excuses that were used to justify slavery to justify discrimination against lesbians, gays and bisexuals. She said the Nigeria government is a shame as it takes pleasure in criminalizing innocent citizens.

Yemisi Ilesanmi urged the Nigeria ambassador to pass across the message of Nigerians LGBTIs in Diaspora to the Nigerian government. She said The Nigerian senate president owes the LGBT community an apology for his opening statement at the public hearing of the anti same-sex marriage bill when he used his personal religious beliefs to justify the homophobic bill, and for allowing Senators and the many religious groups at the hearing to harass and intimidate the few LGBT activists present at the public hearing. She said “The senators should be guided by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and not by their bible or quran, the constitution is what the senators were sworn in to uphold, not holy books”.

The protesters sang, kissed and hug as a gesture of kissing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia goodbye. In their closing remarks, Yemisi Ilesanmi and Davis Mac-Iyalla said Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws appreciates the support of everyone especially non Nigerians who attended the rally to show their support. The group promised to follow the progress of the bill and plan subsequent actions to demand the repeal of all anti same-sex laws in Nigeria.

Newsrelease- Protest: Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!

8 Nov

NIGERIAN LGBTI IN DIASPORA AGAINST ANTI-SAME SEX LAWS

Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!

Date-    TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 2011

Time-    4:00pm-6:30pm

Venue- Nigeria House, 9 Northumberland Avenue

             London WC2N 5BX

Following the disturbing reports   http://wp.me/p1YdPM-3 from the October 31, 2011 public hearing in Abuja of the bill entitled  “An Act To Prohibit Marriage Between Persons Of Same Gender, Solemnization Of Same And For Other Matters Related Therewith”, the independent campaign group,  Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws will hold a protest in front of the Nigerian embassy against the bill and condemn the homophobic atmosphere under which the public hearing was conducted.

The theme of the protest is Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!   The group intends to officially submit our position paper http://wp.me/P1YdPM-I that was read at the public hearing in Abuja to the Nigerian Ambassador to UK and use the opportunity to express our concerns on the bill as Nigerian Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersex (LGBTI) living in United Kingdom.

Also, outside the embassy, Nigerian LGBTI and allies will hold hands, hug and kiss as a gesture of kissing Sodomy laws goodbye. Come and join us to kiss Sodomy laws and other anti same-sex laws goodbye. International solidarity knows no borders, come one, come all! Solidarity forever!

Link to protest details-  http://wp.me/s1YdPM-62

Facebook event link- http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156092604490122

Venue Map link-      http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=530203&Y=180315&A=Y&Z=110

Coordinator Yemisi Ilesanmi- nanfs2001@yahoo.com, +44(0)7577749875

                       Davis Mac-Iyalla – dmaciyalla@gmail.com,

PROTEST: Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!

8 Nov

THEME- Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye!

DATE- TUESDAY 15, 2011.

TIME- 3:00pm 6:00pm

VENUE – Nigeria House,  9 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BX, United Kingdom

Following the disturbing reports- https://nigerianlgbtindiaspora.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/report-of-nigerian-lgbti-in-diaspora-against-anti-same-sex-laws-on-the-nigeria-senate-public-hearing-held-on-31st-of-october-2011-as-observed-by-ogunyemi-adekunle-bolu/from the October 31, 2011 public hearing in Abuja of the bill entitled “An Act To Prohibit Marriage Between Persons Of Same Gender, Solemnization Of Same And For Other Matters Related Therewith”, the independent campaign group Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws, the campaign group, Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws will hold a protest in front of the Nigerian embassy against the bill and the homophobic atmosphere under which the public hearing was conducted.
The theme of the protest is Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia goodbye! The group intends to officially submit our position paper https://nigerianlgbtindiaspora.wordpress.com/position-paper-on-anti-same-sex-bill/ that was read at the public hearing in Abuja to His Excellency and use the opportunity to express our concerns on the bill as Nigerian Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersex (LGBTI) living in United Kingdom.
Also, outside the embassy, Nigerian LGBTI and allies will hold hands, hug and kiss as a gesture of kissing Sodomy laws goodbye. Join us, invite friends and LGBTI allies to kiss Sodomy laws and other anti same-sex laws goodbye. International solidarity knows no borders! Solidarity forever!

MAP link-to the venue http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/FILELOAD?Filename=JP10-_4EB96F32D.pdf

Newsrelease of Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws

5 Nov

Nigeria bids to criminalise same-sex marriage

 New law violates Nigerian constitution and international human rights law

 London, USA and Abuja – 18 October 2011

Following failed attempts in 2006 and 2008, Nigerian lawmakers are resurrecting a version of a widely condemned anti-homosexuality bill, now entitled: “An Act to Prohibit Marriage between Persons of Same Gender, Solemnization Of Same And For Other Matters Related Therewith”.

Read the bill here:

http://www.nass.gov.ng/nass/legislation2.php?search=marriage+&Submit=Search

“The new Nigerian bill aims to further criminalise same sex relationships and marriage,” said Nigerian Yemisi Ilesanmi, coordinator of the campaign: Nigerian LGBT in Diaspora Against Same Sex Laws.

“Lawmakers are fast tracking the bill. The bill has already passed its second reading. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday 31 October, 2011. However, there are concerns within the Nigerian LGBT community that the recent bomb blasts in the country would be used as a pretext to deny public access to the hearing.

“Under Nigeria’s criminal code and penal code, consensual same sex conduct between adults is already a criminal offence carrying up to 14 years imprisonment and in some parts of the country, the death penalty under Sharia law.

“The proposed bill violates fundamental human rights that are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and various human rights international agreements that Nigeria is a signatory to.

“This bill would lead to harassment of people for their actual or imputed sexual orientation. It would also stifle freedom of expression and association through the proposed ban on organizations that support lesbian and gay rights.

“The passing of the bill would give official validation to the harassment of sexual minorities and many homophobic persons would use it as a license to discriminate against lesbians and gays,” said Ms Ilesanmi.

The bill states –

1.–(1) Marriage Contract entered between persons of same Gender is hereby prohibited in Nigeria.

(3) Marriage Contract entered between persons of same gender by virtue a certificate issued by a foreign country shall be void in Nigeria, and any benefits accruing there from by virtue of the certificate shall not be enforced by any court of law in Nigeria.” It further states: “Same Gender Marriage” means the coming together of persons of the same sex with the purpose of leaving together as husband and wife or for other purposes of same sexual relationship.” http://www.nass.gov.ng/nass/legislation2.php?search=marriage+&Submit=Search

Nigerians and Allies Speak Out Against the Bill

Some human rights organizations in Nigeria have condemned the bill, The Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights in its press statement said:  “We wish to remind the parliament that, Nigeria is a secular state. Therefore, implicating that laws of our land cannot and should not be drafted and/or enact on the basis of religious and cultural value. This value already differ as Nigeria is a heterogeneous society, hence our federal system of government.”

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center argues that: ”the bill violates the fundamental rights guaranteed under Nigerian law and other regional and international human rights norms signed and adopted by Nigeria, people must have a right to be who they want to be ! There are other pressing issues that the government should focus on than a discriminatory law of this nature!”

International Center on Advocacy on Rights to Health (ICARH) stated: “LGBTI Rights are Human Rights. Let us stand up for Equal Rights.”

A petition was created by Yemisi Ilesanmi, Coordinator of the campaign Nigerian LGBT in Diaspora Against Same Sex Laws – Link to the petition:  http://www.change.org/petitions/nigeria-stop-the-anti-same-sex-marriage-bill-decriminalize-same-sex-love

Justice for Gay Africans, a UK-based collaborative of activists, artists, and academics wrote on the petition: “Please sign this all… it is essential to make sure we use the democratic access we have to affect how our communities are governed”

John Adewoye, a Nigerian in USA wrote: “I am gay, not a criminal”

Davis Mac-Iyalla a Nigeria born Gay/Human Rights Defender based in London said, “Homosexuality is currently illegal in Nigeria, this bill if passed will lead to increased arrests and abuse of anyone suspected to be gay. It’s my nature to be Gay so stop using the law to oppress me and my nature.”

Rowland Jide Macaulay, a Christian Theologian and Founder of House of Rainbow Fellowship an inclusive Christian organisation, wrote: “I am Gay, Proud Nigerian, my family love me and we love our nation. This bill will not only criminalise gays and lesbian, it will dehumanise and break up families.”

The Nigerian LGBT community, with international support, has been successful in quashing this bill twice, but now needs international support to throw out this bill once and for all.

In its latest international newsletter, the UK trade union, UNISON, wrote:

“The proposed bill violates fundamental human rights that are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and numerous human rights international agreements that Nigeria has ratified. The passing of the bill would legitimize the rampant incidences of homosexual-targeted hate crimes that occur in Nigeria.  It would also give official validation to the social and political harassment of sexual minorities.  UNISON denounces this attempt to curtail basic human rights within the LGBT community and their allies. We are asking members to please sign this petition urging the Nigerian government to decriminalize same sex relationships, stop the proposed bill and uphold the fundamental human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Nigeria.

Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights lobby, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, wrote: “This proposed new law violates the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and other international human rights laws that Nigeria has signed and pledged to uphold.”

Full link to the petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/nigeria-stop-the-anti-same-sex-marriage-bill-decriminalize-same-sex-love

Quotes from Nigerian Law-makers supporting the Bill

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Domingo Obende, in his lead debate observed: “Even the Muslim religion forbids it, Christianity forbids it and the African traditional religion forbids it.” He argued that “The legalization of same sex marriage in our country will make the next generation never to recover from the law of committed God fearing family. Same sex marriage is spreading and spreading round the whole world just like pornography and terrorism which has become the order of the day if not arrested on time.”

Senator Victor Lar in his argument stated:  “The essence of marriage is for procreation and if we allow same sex there will be no procreation and continuity and we may become the last set of senators and no others to take over from us. I want to say that anybody who is brought up as a proper African and who believes in the existence of a supreme being should condemn this same sex marriage and pass this bill expeditiously.”

George Thompson Sekibo argued that. “The purpose of marriage according to the Bible is to replenish the earth, to procreate. If we permit marriage to be carried out between man and man or between woman and woman, the essence of that Biblical injunctions will not be in existence again, instead of replenishing the earth, instead of bringing up people that will serve the biblical injunctions, which is the main purpose of our creation, we will be reducing the earth. In the book of Leviticus, it says that if a man lays with a beast he should be stoned to death and if a man lays with a man he should also be stoned to death, that means that it is a very strong law. So, I stand to support this bill that our country should not be allowed to practice it at all even if to mention it in a public because it is a taboo.”

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha argued that “Going by the legacies bequeathed this nation by our fore fathers, there would have not been any need to be standing here and debating this bill but developments in the other parts of the world have made it necessary for issues like this. From all indications, both the Christian and Muslim religions abhor same sex marriage. It is simply a desecration of our cultural and traditional values. We are found of copying values from the West in the name of modernity. It is really unthinkable to see a man say this is my wife when he is talking about a fellow man. We must quickly speak out because this culture is quickly creeping into our tradition. These are things we never thought of before but because of the changing times we must stand firm against them. So, I stand in support of this bill that we must stand firm against the same sex marriage.”

Senator Oluremi Tinubu in her support of the bill stated “As earlier said, the family is the bedrock of every society and if we allow same sex marriage there will be so much confusion not only to our children but the society at large. Same sex is wrong morally, it is wrong religiously but at the same time we have a lot to offer our children. One is to make sure that we live as good examples to them, we show them the joy of marriage. I wholeheartedly support this bill but at the same time every member of this society has to do something for this generation and if we look at it medically at old age it turns to mental problems for those of them that engage in this act. Same sex marriage is totally wrong and it is confusing our children.”

Senator Robert Ajayi Borofice observed “I want to make a new argument and this is biological. One of the things required in marriage is cultivation where the male sex cell and female sex cell come together to generate a new individual and in the process a lot of biological changes take place to define what comes out and that is what gives us a better new generation. So, anything that encourages marriage of same sex will not only terminate the process of producing better and more sociable, intellectual generation to face the challenges of our environment. People who are involved in either homo-sexuality or lesbianism have argued that it is their gene that introduces them to this social deviant behaviour, but we also know that alcoholism also has some genetic contents and that criminality also has some genetic inputs, society has not gone to legalise either alcoholism or criminality. So, on the basis of this I am supporting the bill that marriage of same sex should be prohibited.”

Links:

http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2011/09/28/37473

http://www.nass.gov.ng/nass/legislation2.php?search=marriage+&Submit=Search

http://www.nass.gov.ng/nass/legislation.php?id=1212

The Nigeria LGBT in Diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws is an independent campaign body comprising of Nigerian LGBT individuals and organisations in diaspora to protest criminalization of same sex relationship in Nigeria.

More information:

YEMISI ILESANMI

Coordinator – Nigerian LGBT in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws

Tel- +447577749875

Email- nanfs2001@yahoo.com

Davis Mac-Iyalla – dmaciyalla@gmail.com
John Adewoye- teju9999@yahoo.com

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Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws

Nigerian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Inter sex( LGBTI) in Diaspora Against Anti Same sex Law is an independent campaign group to protest the Anti Same Sex Marriage bill presently before the Nigerian lawmakers and to demand for the repeal of all existing Anti same sex laws in Nigeria. We believe in equal love and equal rights for all. Decriminalise all homophobic laws because LGBTI Rights are Human Rights.

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