In January 2014, the Nigerian president signed a bill carrying a 14-year jail sentence for same-sex marriage.
Under legislation “same-sex marriage” is defined as including all same-sex relationships, and targets people who “witness”, “aid” or “abet” such relationships. The legislation imposes up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine on anyone who “witnesses”, “aids” or “abets” same-sex relationships. The legislation also carries similar sentences for the establishment of gay clubs, and for any activity seen as supporting gay rights.
It’s currently illegal to engage in homosexual activity in Nigeria, so I shudder to think of the emotional impact of this potential legislation on the people who will be affected by it. I am also amazed that with all the pain and suffering going on in the country (and the world), that the legislators find precious time to spend on such legislation.
OutTales is involved in an awareness raising campaign showcasing musings from members of the LGBTI community; the intention is to highlight that we are no different from the rest of our family or neighbours; that we are human, with human needs, dreams, aspirations, wants and rights – we deserve our seat at the table. The campaign is entitled – ‘My Sexuality is a Human Right’.
Submissions can be a story, poem or reflections, saying something about how you view your sexuality or talking about the qualities that define you and your life or simply shouting out condemnation about the legislation – write whatever inspires you, a paragraph or 2 is fine, or even more! And do weave the title of the campaign into your submission.
All submissions are confidential and the actual names of the authors will not feature in the piece, unless specifically requested. If you feel called to submit something, send it to me at – email@example.com