Nigeria

  • 2 Freed Of Gay Charges In Nigerian Shariah Court

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case.

  • 4 Men Accused of Being Gay Were Whipped in a Nigerian Court

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A human rights network says four young men convicted of having gay sex have been whipped publicly in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria.

  • 57 Nigerian Men Detained for Gay Sex and Charged with Cult Involvement

    A Nigerian court detained 57 men for having gay sex in a Lagos hotel, and have charged them with conspiracy, unlawful gathering, and belonging to a secret cult.

    This isn’t the first time people at hotels in Nigerian states have been accused of and arrested for homosexuality. Six men in were arrested earlier this month in a hotel in Abia, and 42 men were arrested in a hotel in Lagos last year as well. Depending on the area, the punishment for homosexuality is either up to 14 years in jail or being stoned to death. 

    All of the men pleaded not guilty, and most said they were just at a party.

    The police just barged in and arrested people … They also accused us of being homosexuals. I am not one, I went there to party. They also accused us of being initiated but no initiation material was founded with us or at the venue,” one of the accused said, reported Pink News.

  • Amnesty International: Police Arrest Gay 'Suspects' in 5 Nigerian States

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Amnesty International says Nigerian police have arrested 10 people suspected of being gay in four majority Christian southern states in the highly religious nation.

  • Dozens Arrested For Being Gay In North Nigeria

    Local and international groups fighting AIDS warned on Tuesday that a new Nigerian law criminalizing same-sex marriage and gay organizations will jeopardize the fight against the deadly disease.

  • Exiled Nigerian Lecturer Appeals for Gay Dialogue

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Bisi Alimi has been assaulted and persecuted and fled into exile, all because he is gay. Now, he's speaking out about his travails to persuade British legislators to engage Nigerian policy makers about a law that makes even befriending a homosexual a crime punishable by 10 years in jail.

  • Gay History 101: November 18, 2015

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  • Man Lashed 20 Times for Sodomy in Nigerian Court

    BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- A young man convicted of sodomy was whipped 20 times Thursday in a northern Nigerian Shariah court.

  • Mob Attacks Alleged Gays In Nigerian Capital

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday.

  • Muslim Group Defends Nigeria's Anti-Gay Bill

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Muslim rights organization praises Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan for signing a bill that bans gay organizations, meetings and gay marriage, and commends him for resisting pressure from Western countries.

  • Nigerian Newspaper Column Accuses British Prime Minister of Being a Lesbian

    Theresa May was accused of being a lesbian for voicing regrets over the U.K.’s anti-gay laws in former colonies.

  • Nigerian Police Officer Tells Gays: Leave country or face prosecution

    (CNN) A high-ranking Nigerian policewoman has warned gay people living in the country to leave or risk criminal prosecution.

  • Results of Survey about HIV Testing Frequency

    In June and July of 2015, SFGN conducted an on-line and paper and pencil survey on the beliefs of gay and bi men about how often we should take the HIV test. The large number of people responding from outside of South Florida allowed for a comparison of South Florida with the rest of the US.

  • UN Chief Alarmed by Nigeria's New Anti-Gay Law

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed.

  • UN: Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Law May Harm Public Health

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says Nigeria’s new anti-gay law may have “negative consequences” for public health.

  • Why Anti-Gay Crackdown is a Catastrophe for Nigeria

    LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigeria is second only to South Africa as the country with the highest number of HIV/AIDS sufferers; one would have thought a better gift for the New Year from the government to its people would be to urge the national legislature to pass the anti HIV-discrimination bill that has been with them for a while.