Aderonke to hand in petition against Nigerian anti-LGBT laws

Adam Lowe

On Wednesday 30 September, campaigners will be delivering the petition to repeal the anti-LGBT law in Nigeria, led by LGBT activist Aderonke Apata.

At the time of writing, over 65,000 people have signed the petition addressed to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. The petition seeks to repeal the so-called ‘Nigeria Anti-Gay Law’ titled the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011, which was signed in early January 2014.

Considered the harshest and most punitive of the anti-LGBT laws in the 76 countries that still criminalise LGBT people across the world, the law punishes same-sex relationships with up to 14 years in prison. The law also criminalises public displays of same-sex affection, LGBT events and LGBT organisations – each of which is punishable with 10 years in prison. Sodomy has, meanwhile, been illegal in the country since the days of the British Empire.

The petition will be hand-delivered to the Nigeria High Commission in London. Supporters of the campaign are invited by Aderonke to join the event and bring banners, balloons and flags.

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This event is organised by AfricanRainbowFamily and supported by The Peter Tatchell Foundation, and the Out & Proud Diamond Group.

You can sign the petition at ThePetitionSite.com.

More information

Speakers TBC
Wednesday 30 September, 1-2pm
9 Northumberland Avenue, London, London WC2N 5BX
Nearest tube stations (Charing Cross and Embankment)
Contact: Apata Ronnie / 07711285567 / info@africanrainbowfamily.org

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people.