Queer Nigerians protest proposed anti-trans ‘cross-dressing’ ban

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5/5/22

Dozens of LGBTQ protesters gathered Sunday in the capital of Nigeria to oppose anti-trans legislators’ proposal to ban “cross-dressing”. The bill, which seeks to amend a 2013 act banning same-sex marriage, would result in queer people who dress outside of expected gender norms imprisoned for up to six months or slapped with a hefty fine. Activists are particularly concerned for the welfare of Nigeria’s trans community if the law comes to pass. Worryingly, the bill prohibits “crossdressing” in both private and public spaces – the only exemption is for “cross-dressing in the course of a stage play or any bonafide public entertainment”. The “cross-dressing” bill still has a number of stages to go through before it’s passed into law, but activists are already speaking out against it and showing their fierce opposition to a law that would further criminalise and marginalise their community.

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