Nigerian influencer ends hunger strike for LGBTQ rights after days without eating

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03/22/2021

After three days, a YouTuber and LGBTQ activist in Nigeria, one of the world’s most anti-LGBTQ countries, has ended a hunger strike he started and swore to keep until the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is repealed. “I’ve decided to suspend my hunger strike and protest at the National Assembly,” Victor Emmanuel tweeted today. “I am not ending my advocacy for the repeal of the SSMPA, I am simply taking a different approach after being advised by people who have been in the fight longer than I have.” The SSMPA is the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, which makes same-sex relationships punishable with up to 14 years in prison. Emmanuel, who runs a popular YouTube channel dubbed “For F*gs Sake,” protested outside the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria alone to start on Saturday, Mach 20. “It is such a barbaric law and I don’t think the state should be interested in what happens in the bedroom of two or more consenting adults,” he told PinkNews.

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