Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

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12/18/2018

Since the Nigerian government passed into law the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA), LGBT Nigerians have continued to suffer many forms of discrimination as well as exclusion from society. Many wallow in frustration and wonder if society will ever accept their kind of love. Looking at the present state of things, it is tempting to conclude that the situation will never get better, especially as human rights abuses of LGBT persons seem to have heightened over the past few years and the pace of LGBT acceptance remains slow. True, knowledge about LGBT issues has increased rapidly, thanks to social media and LGBT-dedicated media platforms, but much work needs to be done, especially in the area of making sure that the rights of LGBT persons are recognized, respected and protected. Those rights will not be guaranteed without a court challenge to the constitutionality of the SSMPA.

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