“Out of family pressure, I was pushed to marry a guy. I dated him for almost two years without sex because am not [emotionally] or sexually attracted to him. We got married…Night of the wedding I wasn’t really prepared so he practically forced himself on me, even when I was amidst tears he didn’t stop….”
“Was raped by 6 men because we are lesbians and the landlord organised the boys to rape us because he find as kissing and knew we were couple living together” (Lesbian living outside Nigeria aged 25-34).
“I was [abducted] by a group of boys, severely beaten, injured, threatened with death and public disgrace, locked up for 1 whole Week, outed to my entire family who [were] forced to pay a ransom of 350000 Naira for my release” (Gay man living in Nigeria aged 25-34).
“I met a guy on social media and we decided to hook up at his place. On getting to his place about 3 other guys showed up and threatened to take me to the police station… I was beaten and all the cash with me was collected by [these] hoodlums. Thereafter I was raped”(Gay man living in Nigeria aged 25-34).
“Lesbian women are going through a lot but very hidden and under the closet cos we [believe] we are women and we have no choice but to end up in a man’s bed… Silly talk!!!” (Lesbian living outside Nigeria aged 25-34).
These stories are true-life experience of LGBT people in Nigeria, the stories of horror, sexual assault, harassment, police detention and family rejection.
However, at Bisi Alimi Foundation, is to turn these around for as many LGBT people in Nigeria as possible.
Since inception we have trained over 15 journalists with the aim of sharing stories like this ones.
We are have trained almost 10 lawyers to provide a culturally sensitive pro bono legal supports for LGBT people who might need them.
We are working with businesses to create a culture of safety and inclusiveness in the workplace.
We are engaging with religious leaders and organisation, politicians and policy makers and other people that have influence on decisions that will impact on the lives of LGBT people in Nigeria.
We know the road to accelerating social acceptance for LGBT people in Nigeria will not be easy, but it becomes exciting with support from you.
With every donation you give us, it will help us:
- Work on our viral video campaign “Will You Still Hate?”-
- Support our Fellowship programs and help us recruit and train more lawyers and journalists
- Support our outreach with religious leaders and other gatekeepers
- Improve our relationship with politicians and policymakers.
- Support our data collection drive to track social perception of LGBT people in Nigeria.
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