Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Homophobia Around the World―Nigeria's Anti-Gay Bill Resurfaces

Damian Ugwu, Regional Program Director of Africa for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission reports on Nigeria: "While we watch the flames of homophobia in Uganda with horror, the same fires are burning in countries around the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in Nigeria. The latest version of the deceptively named "Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill" declares that the "public show of same sex amorous relationship [sic] directly or indirectly is hereby prohibited." Incredibly, it would punish same-sex affection―yes, even a simple hug or kiss―with 10 years in prison. The Nigerian anti-gay bill recently resurfaced in Nigeria's lower parliament after a long silence from legislators. On Nov. 13, 2012, the House of Representative unanimously referred the "Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill" to a committee to scrutinize every section of the bill. This was after the Nigerian Senate unanimously passed the bill a year ago. The committee is also expected to call for a public hearing before the bill is put to a vote." Read the full article HERE, and please support Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil's GLBT rights advocacy at

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