The streets of Twitter witnessed a new trend by members of the LGBTQ in Nigeria as they advocated for their rights. The official hashtag was #EndHomophobiaInNigeria.
This trend came up after disturbing reports on several violent attacks on members of the LGBTQ community in Nigeria.
Here are a few heartbreaking personal stories from people who are gay and/or lesbians and what they have to endure in Nigeria on a daily basis.
1. This guy was almost killed.
i almost got killed/viciously assaulted just last week and this is just a tip of what queer people face in Nigeria everyday. homophobia is stressful and senseless and it has to end!! #EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— goofy! goofy!! (@nelsoncj3) March 10, 2020
My final year high school, I got outed by my best friend who I had had a crush on for a couple years. I was outed to the whole school. Everything I'd worked hard for went down the drain and since then I've been scared to build/connect again #EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Miss elliot (@El_Undone) March 12, 2020
3. Cut off from his family
Ostracized by the entire Father side family. I have to watch how I interact with my Boyfriend in public. I have to hide any suggestive picture of us every time I'm stepping out cos of this stupid law.#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— The Preacher (@preacherkot) March 12, 2020
My friend's father gave him till Feb. 29 to impregnate a woman – any woman. Well, deadline has come and gone and my friend doesn't care: he's stopped picking his parents' calls. We will survive heterosexuals and their heteroness. #EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— A Changeling (@decimal_point) March 11, 2020
on homophobia: my abduction story. a long thread. please read.
early last year, i noticed i was being stalked at nights around 7 and 8 hours. i'd go to choir practice at my church, nd while walking back, i'd see the silhouettes of three men following me. #EndHomophobiainNigeria
— Meziem Janet (@meziemjanet) March 11, 2020
6. Beat up in secondary school
I remember in secondary school my mates ganged up against me beating the shit out of me not because the caught me making out with a guy or something. The beat me up saying I was too girly. The left me with a black eye and a broken arm#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Twitch 🍑 (@Twitch69316178) March 11, 2020
7. On the brink of suicide
Around November 2018, I almost committed suicide by jumping down from a 3 story building all because of homophobia.#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Lionelkings🌈 (@Lionelkings1) March 10, 2020
8. Expelled from college
I got expelled in college cos I admitted I kissed a boy in the dormitory. I learned my lessons, buried my shame, married a woman and became a father. Everyone's unhappy. And worse, I am still as queer as ever.#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— African-Bamboo (@African_Bamboo) March 10, 2020
I spent most of today around a queer couple, both my friends. One was had just lost his mom and the boyfriend had left work to attend to him. I watched them try, mostly unsuccessfully to withdraw from themselves when they both craved the comfort of their bodies.
— G. (@Fondantli) March 11, 2020
— gaye (@gaye4love) March 12, 2020
11. Raped and no one to turn to
I was raped and robbed because I am gay
I couldn’t report or get any form of justice because reporting would most likely endanger my life more
I started having anxiety because of the incident
I was scared and I’m still really scared#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Wild One 🌈🌈 (@_WILDJHAE) March 10, 2020
Sharing my experience of how I was hurt and almost rapped by the senior guys in boarding school might not change anything,
But you all should bare in mind that others are still going through that today.
So believe me, I have every right to be homophobic#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Volqx Assistant • (@volqx__) March 11, 2020
I was brutally attacked and beaten for 2 straight hours one night by a group of boys on account of my effeminacy and perceived homosexuality.
Homophobia isn't just a phobia.
It is an endemic hatred that seeks to destroy, to main, to kill.#EndHomophobiaInNigeria
— Precious Oraz (@Precious_Oraz) March 11, 2020
My mom elder sis locked my mom in her room and invited soldiers to beat out the gay in me
She did this on two different occasions #endhomophobiainNigeria
— BEYONCÉ🔱🌈😘 (@atambala) March 10, 2020