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My 10 Years of Living With HIV in Nigeria

Adebisi Alimi | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Adebisi Alimi

On that morning in May, I had just arrived at the conference when friends asked if I had ever been tested for HIV.

WATCH: First Nigerian Man To Come Out On TV Recalls His 'Rosa Parks Moment'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices

The first Nigerian man to come out on television looked back on his groundbreaking journey in an interview with HuffPost Live this week. Adebisi A...

Good News For Suspects In Nigerian Gay Case

Agence France Presse | Aminu Abubakar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

An Islamic court in northern Nigeria on Tuesday cleared two men accused of violating a ban on homosexuality, according to a court official.The pair, w...

Arizona and Uganda: How the Same Groups Spread the Same Hate Around the Globe

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While we're hopefully beating back this law in Arizona, with anti-gay forces claiming it's about religious freedom and not about discrimination, keep in mind that their goal is to see homosexuality criminalized and punished around the world.

LGBT Rights Under Fire Around the Globe: IPPF Urges Supporters to Renew the Fight

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 04.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Tewodros Melesse

We know the path to equality is an uneven course, which is why we, along with our many partners, work tirelessly in more than 170 countries around the world.

Nigeria's Anti-LGBTQ Law

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Nigeria already had in place harsh laws against its LGBTQ population, but the recent edict tacitly encourages mobs who engage in what amounts to "queer cleansing" -- the violent and systematic eradication of any expression of LGBTQ identities and culture.

War Dispatches

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The madness never stops, but we can pull back from it on occasion to count our blessings. That is a luxury our brothers and sisters in Sochi and Lagos and Kampala might like to taste.

Mob Violence Prompts Nigeria To Postpone Gay Trials

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Two Islamic courts in Nigeria have been forced to suspend the trials of 10 men accused of homosexuality because of fears of mob violence, judges and o...

The 'World's First Gay Cat' Allegedly Disowned By Owner

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

A Nigerian woman is making some eyebrow-raising headlines after reportedly disowning her cat for "an unnatural sexual behavior" -- allegedly, same-sex...

Gay Trial Halted By Thousands Of Stone-Throwing Protesters In Nigeria

AP | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of protesters massed outside the Shariah court in Nigeria's northern city of Bauchi, throwing stones into the build...

A Response to the Law That Further Criminalizes the LGBT Community in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

The LGBT population in Nigeria is not even advocating for same-sex marriage at this point; they are simply asking that their identities be decriminalized. But passing the bill was both a symbolic act and a means to further polarize the Nigerian populace on the issue of LGBT rights.

Gay Man Lashed 20 Times For Sodomy In Nigeria

AP | SHEHU SAULAWA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A young man convicted of sodomy was whipped 20 times Thursday in a northern Nigerian Shariah court. Though Mubarak Ibrahim w...

Shocking Details Of Gay 'Witch Hunt' In Nigeria Revealed In New Report

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A "witch hunt" for gay people has led to arrests in at least four of Nigeria's 36 states, Amnesty International said Wednesday...

New Law Legalizes Anti-Gay 'Violence, Stigma And Discrimination,' Activists Say

Agence France Presse | Phil Hazlewood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Gay activists on Tuesday vowed to fight the Nigerian government after the country outlawed same-sex unions, warning the act legitimised homophobic vio...

Dozens Of Gay Men Arrested After 'Dangerous' Law Passes In Nigeria

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 03.16.2014 | Gay Voices

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police, working off a list of 168 suspects purportedly obtained through torture, are arresting dozens of gay men in Nigeria's ...

Nigeria Bans Gay Marriage, Civil Unions With New Anti-LGBT Law

AP | BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president has signed a law banning same-sex marriage as well as homosexual associations, societies and meetings, wit...

"Catastrophic' Nigerian Bill Banning Gay Marriage, Unions Approved

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked international condemnation, his ...

Nigerians Now Face Up To 14 Years In Prison For Being Gay

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices

* Bill says gay marriage, same-sex relationships illegal * Penalties set of up to 14 years in prison * Western governmen...

Exclusive Interview With Davis Mac-Iyalla, the Nigerian LGBT Rights Activist Fighting to Redefine Religion

Udoka Okafor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

"The African bishops need to stop doing the talking and start listening to the LGBT people. We are not making much progress with the debate in Africa because most of our African bishops have affiliated themselves with right-wing conservative Christians from the United States."

Debunking the Junk Science 'Proving' Gay Marriage Is Wrong

Udoka Okafor | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

Chibuihem supposes that because like magnetic charges repel each other, and because opposite charges attract each other, then it must follow that people of the same sex should not be attracted to one another and that attraction should only occur between people of the opposite sex.

Student's 'Scientific Proof' Why Gay Marriage Is Wrong May Be The Dumbest Thing We've Ever Heard

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices

A student in Nigeria claims he has scientific proof that same-sex marriage is wrong. The so-called discovery was made by Chibuihem Amalaha, a post...

Breaking Social Silences in Nigeria: A Conversation With Gay Rights Activist Michael Ighodaro

Daniel Lyons | Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.

Exclusive Interview With Rashidi Williams

Udoka Okafor | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

"[W]e can compel the Nigerian public to sit back and ask questions themselves as to the normality of heterosexuality and what makes homosexuality deviant, but that starts with LGBT people accepting themselves. I do not force people to come out, but I am a huge fan of coming out."

In Nigeria a Mere Rumor of Being Gay Can Lead to Violence and Imprisonment

Dan Littauer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Dan Littauer

This week police in Aba state, Nigeria, had 40-year-old Benjamin Ndubuisi go on trail for having gay sex with a 23-year-old man, based on rumors.

Exclusive Interview With Adebisi Alimi, Gay Rights Activist in Nigeria

Udoka Okafor | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Udoka Okafor

"The reward of what I do is to see issues we are afraid of talking about being mainstreamed. I can boldly say that today in Nigeria we talk about homosexuality so openly because Funmi [Iyanda] and I decided to pay the price and break the ice. It was a very dangerous thing to do."