Nigeria’s repressed LGBTQ party people let ‘true self’ out at Lagos ball

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06/12/2024

Performers strutted their stuff onstage at an LGBTQ community dance party in Nigeria’s Lagos, publicly celebrating their identities in a country where being gay could land you in jail. To the tune of Afrobeats stars like Ayra Starr and pop stalwarts like Beyonce, a parade of sequin-wearing, wig-clad, neo-goth performers danced, spun and posed for the jury, egged on by a raucous crowd. Among the attendees was Kim, a 27-year-old transgender woman who came to Lagos six months ago after suffering physical violence and harassment in her central Nigerian town.

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