Dear friend, I’m going to prison. Protest rally against Nigeria’s Anti-LGBT Law.

Nigeria demo 1 - 14 Nov 11Dear friend,

I’m just writing to say goodbye.

I’m going to prison,

for 14 years,

for being gay

and Nigerian.

And if you associate with me, or don’t report me, whether you are straight, gay or bisexual, you face 10 years too…

This is what millions of Nigerians are facing today, since President Goodluck Jonathan signed the anti-same sex bill and took colonial homophobic laws to another low level.

Come and stand with us.

And or spread the word.

Freedom to love for all.

Thank you,






Protest rally against Nigeria’s Anti-LGBT Law.

Love Not Hate!


Date-    Thursday 20 February, 2014

Time-    3:00pm-6:00pm

Venue- Nigeria House, 9 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5BX

Theme- Love Not Hate

Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti Same Sex Laws will hold a rally on Thursday, 20th February, 2014 outside Nigerian High Commission, London, to protest the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

We will come together to say No to this atrocious law and its blatant violation of our human rights.  We will also deliver a protest letter to the Nigerian High Commissioner.

In the spirit of Love that February is famous for, we shall host a kissing spree outside the embassy as we say Yes to Love and No to Hate. Nigerian LGBTIs and allies will hold hands, hug and kiss outside the embassy.

Join us, invite friends and LGBTI allies to kiss Sodomy laws and other anti same-sex laws goodbye. International solidarity knows no borders.

Join us in solidarity. Love Not Hate!

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  1. Meggamat says

    That law seems very extreme. 14 years is much to much for something that is not really even a violation of anybodies rights.

  2. Cuttlefish says

    What astonishes me is that 14 years is the new, liberal position, when compared to what was desired, which is death by stoning.

  3. says

    I wish I could be there with you standing in solidarity, Yemmy, but it’ll have to be in spirit, as I’ve heard there’s a bloody great ocean between us, which has knocked my hitch-hiking plan into the ditch for good and always. 🙁

    This “law” is a travesty of the term, a simple obscenity.

  4. Konradius says

    I’d think a 10 cent fine would be much too much for such an ‘offence’

    (But I’m reasonably sure you agree)

  5. Yemisi Ilesanmi says

    Thanks everyone, your solidarity from near and far, is appreciated.

    I am still constantly baffled as to why any sane person or democratic society would consider consensual same sex relationship between two or more adults, a criminal act. And to think they spend taxpayers’ money to debate, in democratic chambers, if LGBTs should be publicly executed or how many years they should be kept behind bars. Really frustratingly sad 🙁

    @Cuttlefish- Death by stoning is still applicable in Northern parts of Nigeria where Shariah law reigns supreme!


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