Fearless LGBT Nigerians Storm Streets, Protest Against Cross Dressing Bill

Fearless LGBT Nigerians Storm Streets, Protest Against Cross Dressing Bill

by Victor Ndubuisi

On Sunday, May 1, a number of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) activists took to the streets of Abuja to protest a proposed bill criminalizing cross-dressing in Nigeria.

The video, which has gone viral on social media, shows a group of demonstrators wearing masks to hide their identities while speaking out against the proposed Cross Dressers bill.

They pledged to fight “queerphobia” in Nigeria as a group.

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They requested that the ‘Cross Dressers Bill,’ which was tabled in April 2022 at the National Assembly in Abuja, be repealed.


According to Anaedoonline.ng, a law prohibiting cross-dressing and proposing a six-month prison sentence for violators was recently read on the House of Representatives floor.

“A person engaged in crossdressing is guilty of an offence and punishable to a six-month imprisonment or a fine of five hundred thousand naira,” the law adds.

Those who use it for enjoyment are excluded from the bill.

If it passes the second and third readings and is passed into law, some prominent crossdressers in the country might face six months in prison.

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The bill aims to alter the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2013, making crossdressing one of the Act’s offenses.

In Nigeria, same-sex couples and LGBT people face up to 14 years in prison if convicted by a court.



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