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
— I got bored, so i left (@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
— END SARS – END SARS (@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
— Kelechi Njoku (@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
— #RepealSSMPA (@Lionelkings1) March 10, 2020
8. Expelled from college
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. (@fomentry) March 11, 2020
— @gaye4love (@gaye4love) March 12, 2020
11. Raped and no one to turn to
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 '*Somebody's Getting Fired*' 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
— BEY x NICKI x YEMI x DAVIDO (@Atambalaa) March 10, 2020