I’m not sure about you, but it feels like one minute it was January and then in the blink of an eye, it’s December. Where did the year go?!
End of the year, always provides a moment for contemplation on the passing year – a time for us to consider, what it brought and what we hope it takes away.So what happened for you in 2011? What life lessons did you learn? What did you discover? What did you do (or did not do) that has had an impact on how the year has unfolded? What story within you is crying to be shared? All stories are welcome. To share it, send your email to email@example.com.
As I post this blog and reflect on 2011, I am conscious that a bill is currently going through parliament in Nigeria carrying a 14-year jail sentence for same-sex marriage. Under the bill, “same-sex marriage” is defined as including all same-sex relationships, and targets people who “witness”, “aid” or “abet” such relationships. The bill imposes up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine on anyone who “witnesses”, “aids” or “abets” same-sex relationships.
The bill also carries similar sentences for the establishment of gay clubs, and for any act seen as supporting gay rights. It’s currently illegal to be ‘homosexual’ in Nigeria, so I shudder to think of the emotional impact on the people affected by this potential legislation.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all my same gender loving family in Nigeria, during this challenging period. May each of you find the courage to stand up and embrace your authentic self…. this too shall pass.