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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in NIGERIA...
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Amin (user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for bisexual readers on 25/08/2014 tagged with sexual orientation, religion
Hi all. My name is Amin. I live in northern nigeria, i am a muslim and i am bisexual. I realized my sexual orientation since i was about 13 years old, and it came about at a time when i was just experiencing puberty. I didn't take it serious back then, but i knew i had a feeling for my male friends. It was a feeling i thought will be temporary, but the more we "fooled" around, the more i wanted it to continue and with time, i realized the feelings i have getting deeper, like i wanted to be with them all the time, like i never wanted it to end, it was the same feelings you get when initially falling in love with a girl. I often convinced some of my friends to go swimming in nearby rivers or lakes, and there when the other kids weren't watching, we kissed, had sex while in the water, I enjoyed it and always trying to persuade them to do it again when at home(hide though). With time, most of those friends grew out of it, i on the other hand never did. All through my secondary school days i was still attracted to handsome guys with especially toned bodies. However i was at the same time attracted to girls with masculine features(am not attracted to feminine girls), i dated a couple of girls but it always feels like i was missing something that am craving for, which is a handsome male partner. The environment i grew up in is a strict muslim society, where to a certain extend, sharia law is the order of the day, so the limits my freedom to openly profess or engage in my sexual orientation. But i will never compromise on who i am even though i have to hide my sexual orientation at home. I am still and will always be Bi.
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A short documentary about gay Ugandan refugees in The Netherlands, who fled their home country due to anti gay laws in Uganda. I hereby send you the link of the video on Vimeo.

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Adeola (user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for gay readers on 15/01/2014 tagged with at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions +10
I think Nigeria as a country needs some education, Needs to understand .Freedom to expression
.Freedom to life
.Freedom to choose
and above all Nigeria needs to understand that there is more than Muslim and Christian as a religion, so if I decide to worship Hindu as a religion there will be a bill passed that will jail me for practicing what I wish...Wake up Nigeria
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Nigeria is a country with over 170 million people and shares boarders with the Republic of Benin,Cameroon and Niger. Nigeria is largely shared between 2 major religions which are the muslims that largely dominate the northern part and the christians in the western part though there were other religions but these are the 2 major conservative. I grew up in a country where homosexuality is totally frowned upon by the society, the government and the religion. Growing up as a child actually was fun not until when I openly came out with my sexuality to my family and that made the beginning of my journey into neglection, punishment and denial of some basic rights just because of my sexuality. This led to me being taken to a deliverance house with the hope of me being a better person but after four years this changed nothing about me till date. Few years later I ran into the hands of the corrupt Nigerian government cohorts [police} where I suffered several attacks and threats of been killed or jail term. My gay life has not been an interesting one from the age of thirteen till now that I am 24 coupled with the fact that I am gay man living with HIV.
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