Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora condemns signing of the ‘Jail the Gays’ bill.

15 Jan

PRESS STATEMENT – Nigeria’s ‘Jail the Gays’ legislation is a blatant violation of fundamental human rights of Sexual minorities and every Nigerian.

1185423_697419426957087_459234855_n NEW January 15, 2014- Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws unequivocally condemns the signing into law of the draconian Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition bill by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigerian Lawmaker unanimously passed the ill-thought out draconian bill earlier in 2013 and sent the harmonized version of the bill to the president for assent on 30 Dec, 2013. The bill was reportedly signed by the president on 7 January 2014.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws feels it is a shame that President Goodluck Jonathan appended his signature to such a draconian, irresponsible and undemocratic bill, thereby criminalizing an innocent section of Nigerian populace.  It is unfortunate that a supposedly democratic nation would actively seek to criminalize a section of its population whom has not caused harm to anyone.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition law stipulates a 14 years jail term for same-sex marriage and 10 years imprisonment for public show of same-sex affection. The legislation stipulates a 10 year imprisonment for anyone who aids, abets or witness same sex relationship or marriage. The law also imposes a 10 year jail term on human rights defenders who advocate for LGBT rights.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws believes that the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition legislation is a blatant violation of human rights of Nigerian gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. The law also transgresses on the constitutional right of every Nigerian.

Nigerian LGBTIs in diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws affirms that LGBT rights are Human Rights. This homophobic legislation violates fundamental human rights that are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and various regional and international human rights laws that Nigeria has ratified. This law contradicts parts of the Nigerian Constitution.

The implications of the signed Same Sex Marriage Prohibition legislation reach far beyond its title.

The law encourages the political and social harassment of people for their actual or imputed sexual orientation.

The law also stifles the rights to Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association through the ban on organizations that support Lesbians and gay rights. It even prohibits holding meetings to discuss LGBT rights.

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition legislation ranks high on world list of most backward legislation in recent times.

This in a democratic nation is not only preposterous but also a slap on the face of every Nigerian who fought to oust the military regimes so as to pave way for a democratic Nigeria. These hard won fundamental human rights are now threatened under a democratic regime.  The homophobic law is an aberration.

Nigerian LGBTs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws fears that the signing into law of this draconian bill gives official validation to the harassment of sexual minorities. This legislation would provide a cover for unscrupulous individuals and state institutions including the police force to hunt down, intimidate and harass citizens based on their actual or suspected sexual orientation.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws calls on all progressive Nigerians to oppose the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition law. This law affects every Nigeria; it erodes our hard fought for constitutional human rights including Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws urges the international community to stand in solidarity and support the human rights of Nigerian Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and Transsexuals. The world cannot afford to keep quite in the face of blatant violation of human rights.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws demands for justice and equality for every LGBT Nigerian, we therefore call for the immediate repeal of this draconian legislation.

Signed on behalf of Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws

Yemisi Ilesanmi- (Coordinator) nanfs2001@yahoo.com

Ade Adeniji- Outtales@yahoo.com

Davis Mac-Iyalla – dmaciyalla@gmail.com

Mojisola  Adebayo- mojisolaadebayo@hotmail.com

Toyin Ajao- teeajao@yahoo.com

John Adewoye-  teju9999@yahoo.com

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Solidarity with LGBT Ugandans: 8th Jan, 2014 London rally against Ugandan homophobic bill outside Ugandan High Commission, London.

15 Jan

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In Solidarity with LGBT Ugandans.

In Solidarity with LGBT Ugandans.

Love not Hate!

Love not Hate!

In solidarity!

In solidarity!

In Solidarity!

In Solidarity!

Together We Can!

Together We Can!

Stand up for Equality for ALL!

Stand up for Equality for ALL!

Stand up for Equal Rights!

Stand up for Equal Rights!

Speak out against discrimination!

Speak out against discrimination!

Saying NO to Uganda Homophobic bill!

Saying NO to Uganda Homophobic bill!

Scrap the Anti-LGBT bill!

Scrap the Anti-LGBT bill!

Sodomy law is a colonial relic. Repeal it now!

Sodomy law is a colonial relic. Repeal it now!

Love not Hate!

Love not Hate!

Stand up for Equality for ALL!

Stand up for Equality for ALL!

On Equality we stand!

On Equality we stand!

Say NO to discrimination.

Say NO to discrimination.

Together We Can!

Together We Can!

In Solidarity with LGBT Ugandans.

In Solidarity with LGBT Ugandans.

Say NO to Ugandan and Nigerian Anti- LGBT bills

Say NO to Ugandan and Nigerian Anti- LGBT bills

For LGBT Russians With Love! Solidarity Rally in London for Russian LGBTs.

15 Sep

 

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Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Proudly OUT at London Pride, 2013.

2 Jul

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Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws marched at London pride second time running this year to celebrate love in all its diversity and also create awareness on the plight of LGBTs in Nigeria. It was great and the support from the crowd was wonderful.

It was an opportunity to give a face and a voice to the many voiceless and faceless Nigerian LGBTs living in fear in Nigeria.  The ‘Jail the Gays’ bill passed by the Lawmakers in Nigeria stipulates a 14 year jail term for LGBTs and 10 years imprisonment for advocates of LGBT rights. The draconian bill is waiting for the assent of the President

People came to us during the march to inquire how they could support us. Many are eager to help but just don’t know how. I believe every voice counts.  With access to internet and various social networks, the world is fast becoming a global village. We can create awareness, raise the issue, blog about it and put pressure on our governments to take a progressive stand on LGBT rights in their international relations. Also support local lgbt organizations.  Every little helps, every voice counts.

Please join us in saying NO to this bill. Sign and share our petition: www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/president-goodluck-jonathan-don-t-sign-the-jail-the-gays-bill-into-law.

Proudly Out and Saying NO to HATE!

Proudly Out and Saying NO to HATE!

Solidarity!

Solidarity!

We are family; Hate is not an African Family Value!

We are family; Hate is not an African Family Value!

Together We Can!

Together We Can!

We say NO to Nigeria's Jail the Gays bill

We say NO to Nigeria’s Jail the Gays bill

Solidarity!

Solidarity!

Standing up for Equal rights

Standing up for Equal rights

Proudly OUT smiles at Pride!

Proudly OUT smiles at Pride!

OUT for Equality!

OUT for Equality!

London streets OUT for Pride!

London streets OUT for Pride!

Celebrating beauty in all its Diversity!

Celebrating beauty in all its Diversity!

The sweet taste and face of Freedom, Hurray to our Ugandan comrades!

The sweet taste and face of Freedom, Hurray to our Ugandan comrades!

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Nigerian LGBTs PROUDLY REPRESENTED!

Nigerian LGBTs PROUDLY REPRESENTED!

Ugandan LGBTs Proudly Represented at Pride!

Ugandan LGBTs Proudly Represented at Pride!

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OUT for Equality!

OUT for Equality!

Google proudly supporting LGBT Rights!

Google proudly supporting LGBT Rights!

The Beauty, The Diversity, The Pride!

The Beauty, The Diversity, The Pride!

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF NIGERIA’S ‘JAIL THE GAYS’ BILL

31 May

Nigerian LGBTI In Diaspora Against Anti-Same Laws. Protest Londo 006Nigeria LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws unequivocally condemns the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition bill by the Nigerian House of Representatives.

The draconian bill was passed in a voice vote on Thursday 30 May, 2013 by members of the House of Representatives. The bill stipulates a 14 years jail term for same-sex marriage and 10 years imprisonment for public show of same-sex affection. The approved bill also stipulates a 10 year imprisonment for anyone who abets a gay person, witnesses a same sex marriage or advocates for LGBT rights.

Nigerian LGBTIs in diaspora against anti same sex laws believes that the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition bill is a blatant violation of human rights of Nigerian gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. It is a shame that such draconian bill was passed unanimously in both Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives.

Nigerian LGBTIs in diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws affirms that LGBT rights are Human Rights. As stated in our position paper on the Same Sex marriage Prohibition bill, the homophobic bill violates fundamental human rights that are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and various regional and international human rights laws that Nigeria has ratified. Thus this Bill contradicts parts of the Nigerian Constitution.

The same sex marriage prohibition bill if signed into law would encourage the political and social harassment of people for their actual or imputed sexual orientation. It would also stifle the rights to Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association through the proposed ban on organizations that support Lesbians and gay rights.

This draconian bill if signed into law would further affect Nigeria’s Human rights records.  Individuals and state institutions including the police force are already using the unsigned bill as a license to intimidate and harass citizens based on their actual or suspected sexual orientation. The passing of this bill gives official validation to the harassment of sexual minorities.

Sodomy law is a relic from British colonization. The British parliament and many of its former colonies have since repealed the law. Why is Nigeria clinging to this antiquated Sodomy law? Why do Nigerian Law makers seek to further strengthen a discriminatory law in a democracy?

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora holds that the argument that any sexual act or relationship that deviates from the standard heterosexual norm is against African culture is using “culture” to sanction the erasure of dialogue about alternative sexualities and to condone homophobia, therefore constituting a form of cultural violence. A society that stifles sexual and gender identities discourages the recognition of human dignity.

If consenting adults decides to enter into a committed lifetime relationship, the state should not criminalize their relationship. It makes no difference whether the couple is gay or straight, what matters is that they are adults in a consensual relationship. What consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes is not the business of the law.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora urge President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign this homophobic bill into law.

Dear president Goodluck Jonathan, do not assent a bill that infringes on the human rights of Nigerian Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and Transsexuals. The bill is against the spirit of the Nigerian constitution which you swore to uphold.  Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals are citizens, not criminals. Do not criminalize our sexual orientation.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws affirms that LGBT RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS and every Nigerian deserves the same right every other Nigerian enjoys irrespective of class, sex, gender or sexual orientation.

We call on all progressive Nigerians to oppose the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition bill. This bill erodes our hard fought for constitutional human rights including Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association.

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same-Sex Laws urge the international community to stand in solidarity and support the human rights of Nigerian Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and Transsexuals.

Kindly sign our petition to urge President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign the bill into law.

PETITION- President Goodluck Jonathan: Don’t sign the JAIL THE GAYS bill into LAW

LGBT rights are Human Rights. Stand up for Equal rights for ALL.

Signed on behalf of Nigerian LGBTI in Diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws

Yemisi Ilesanmi- (Coordinator) nanfs2001@yahoo.com

Davis Mac-Iyalla – dmaciyalla@gmail.com

Ade Adeniji- Outtales@yahoo.com

Mojisola  Adebayo- mojisolaadebayo@hotmail.com

Toyin Ajao- teeajao@yahoo.com

John Adewoye-  teju9999@yahoo.com

Donate to our advocacy calendar project and claim one of our perks!

18 Feb

For every calendar sold a heart hears and a mind is changed. Join us in the fight against Nigeria’s ‘JAIL THE GAYS’ bill.

You can also get a copy of the calendar through our perks offers! When you donate –

£10- You get an electronic copy of your choice picture in the calendar sent to your email address.

£25- You get a choice of either a copy of a Wall Calendar or a Desktop Calendar sent to your preferred address.

£40- You get a copy of wall calendar AND a copy of Desktop calendar sent to your preferred address.

£50- You get a Wall Calendar AND a Desktop Calendar sent to your preferred address AND an electronic calendar pic of your choice sent to your email address.

PLUS, you get to give a gift of love and change hearts! Thanks!

To donate,  please visit-http://igg.me/at/nigerianlgbtindiaspora/x/2342908

Kindly Support Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora’s Advocacy Calendar Project on Indiegogo.

9 Feb

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Campaign Project link on Indiegogo- http://igg.me/at/nigerianlgbtindiaspora/x/2342908

The Background

Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition bill criminalizing same sex marriage and stipulating 14 years imprisonment for anyone who engages in same-sex relationships was unanimously passed by Senators. It has passed through the second reading in the Nigerian House of Representatives. The House Speaker has referred the bill to the Committee of the Whole House for final consideration. The homophobic bill is being packaged as a gift to Nigerians.

Our Advocacy Calendar Project

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same sex laws has packaged a gift of love to our lawmakers to counter their homophobic gift of hate. We have an advocacy Wall Calendar and Desktop Calendar gift for Nigerian lawmakers.  We want you to help us donate this gift of equality and love to Nigerian President, all the 469 members of Nigerian National Assembly, the 36 State Governors and as many Nigerian ambassadors as possible.

Nigerian lawmakers are fond of saying there are no gay Nigerians and they won’t hesitate to send same sex lovers to jail. With this project, we have put a face on Nigerian LGBTs and also given a voice to Nigerian LGBTs to pass across our message. We are saying… Enough is Enough, No to ‘Jail the Gays’ bill. We exist, we are Nigerians, we are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, intersex, queers and we are proud. Stop the discrimination, stop trying to send us to jail for our sexual orientation.

The wall calendars and desk top calendars show pictures of our protest rallies outside Nigerian embassies in London and New York. The calendar also has a special message for each month, creating awareness on the negative effect of the ‘Jail the Gays’ bill and bringing attention to how it violates Nigerian constitution and the many international treaties Nigeria has ratified.

Our Target

Our target is to print 600 wall calendars and 400 desk top calendars. a total of 1,000 calendars. With your invaluable support, we can reach our target and even exceed it. Help us donate a gift of love, packed full with important advocacy message, today.

We will publicly present the calendars to our lawmakers in Nigeria at an organized sensitization event with good media coverage. We shall also hold press conferences in Nigeria to entertain questions and give out copies of the calendars to lucky Nigerians including members of the media.

The Impact

This is the third time a Bill prohibiting same sex marriage is introduced by the Nigerian parliament. The proposed law is titled ”Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill, 2011”,  however, it goes well beyond the title to criminalize every Nigerian person(s), individual and group who may be suspected of any trace, exhibition, association and/or characteristic of same sex relationship, friendship, association or gesture.

LGBT rights are Human Rights. Fundamental Human Rights of sexual minorities are violated daily because of criminalization of same sex relationship and societal prejudice. The homophobic bill violates fundamental human rights that are guaranteed under the Nigerian constitution and various human rights regional and international laws and agreements that Nigeria has ratified.

Also, the bill would lead to political and social 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 Lesbians and gay rights.

Every Nigerian deserves the same right as every other Nigerian, irrespective of class, sex, race, gender identity or sexual orientation. Consensual adults do not deserve to have their love criminalized.

Other Ways You Can Help.

We need financial support and goodwill to print the calendars and publicly distribute this gift in Nigeria.

You can also help by sharing our message with your friends and LGBT allies. Make some noise about our Advocacy Calendar project; blog about it, share on facebook, twitter and other social networks.

You can also use the Indiegogo share tools to share our project with the world! Thank you.

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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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