Queer Nigerians stage defiant protest as government tries to ban ‘crossdressing’.

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05/03/2022

Around 50 LGBT+ activists took to the streets of Abuja, Nigeria, to protest a reviled bill that would make “crossdressing” illegal. 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”.

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