This week read about the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, and Penguin Random House moving forward with a book by a transphobic author in Canada.

LGBT Community Hit Hard by #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria

NoStringsNG, a Nigerian site that promotes and supports the LGBT community, provided financial assistance to those impacted by the #EndSARS protests, the African Human Rights Media Network reported.

LGBT Nigerians lost income and became stranded from home as the government imposed 24- to 48-hour curfews to curb the protests, the African Human Rights Media Network reported.

Fifteen members of the LGBT community in Nigeria received funds for food and rent, the African Human Rights Media Network reported. The funds came from an initiative launched by NoStringsNG in October, which raised around $393.

NoStringsNG also runs youth development programs that provide LGBT youth with support and knowledge to “challenge unfavorable and oppressive systems that aim to silence them,” according to the NoStringsNG website.

The Nigerian non-profit works with St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, a charity in the U.S., to receive donations, according to the NoStringsNG website.

Penguin Random House Moves Forward on Book By Transphobic Author


                                                                                                                                                                                 Author Jordan Peterson. Photo via Facebook.

Penguin Random House Canada has decided to publish “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life” by author Jordan Peterson, Newsweek reported.

Employees of the publisher have anonymously spoken out against the author and book, with one junior employee, who is a member of the LGBT community, describing Peterson as “an icon of hate speech and transphobia,” Vice reported.

Employees said that the publisher kept news about the book’s release secret, Vice reported. The book did not appear on an internal database of future releases, one employee said.

Penguin Random House Canada said in a statement that it is open to feedback and committed to publishing a range of viewpoints, Vice reported.

Peterson, a clinical psychologist, also wrote “12 Rules for Life,” which has sold more than five million copies, according to the Penguin Random House website.

The employees said that the publisher should consider donating the book’s profits to LGBT organizations, Vice reported.

Peterson’s new book will be published in March 2021, Newsweek reported.