Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

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09/19/2019

Homophobic Nigerian youths and officials protested this week to demand harsher laws and a crackdown on LGBTIQ+ people in Nigeria. Even though a recent survey has shown some progress toward LGBTIQ+ acceptance in the country, Nigeria remains one of the most homophobic countries. Many Nigerians are completely ignorant about LGBTIQ+ issues, which has led to countless violent attacks on LGBTIQ+ people. A typical display of such ignorance and homophobia came Wednesday in Abuja in a protest spearheaded by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC). The protest focused on Bobrisky, a popular former cross-dresser who recently identified as a trans woman. However, members of the group who stormed the headquarters of the NCAC in Abuja held placards which read “NYCN is against LGBT”.

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