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Due to the draconian laws recently passed in several African countries, being an LGBT in Africa brings many challenges. Members of the LGBT community live in constant fear.
In Nigeria, four men received 20 lashes each as a punishment for being gay. The accused men were beaten in order to pressure them into confession.
Two stories from separate sources highlighted the persecution that LGBT people face in Nigeria and Cameroon. While Russia and Uganda have captured the majority of media attention, it's worth noting that over 80 countries have anti-LGBT laws on the books.
In Nigeria, a group of men forcefully entered the homes of 14 men who were suspected of being gay. The mob, armed with clubs dragged the men into the streets and beat them.
A Nigerian judge praised himself for showing leniency to a gay man by having him whipped 20 times on a courtroom bench.
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Movie star, philanthropist and Founder of The Hawn Foundation, Goldie Hawn is sending a message of support to LGBT Nigerians after meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. Yesterday Hawn tweeted a picture of the meeting then quickly apologized stating she was unaware of the anti-LGBT bill he signed earlier this month.
Yesterday, thousands of people threw stones at the Shariah court in Nigeria to speed up the trails and eventual executions of 11 men who served as members of LGBT organizations.
Nigeria's "Jail the Gays" bill that was recently signed into law has not only lead to dozens of arrests, but has indeed proved fatal for many of the gay people and their peers being criminalized.
News that Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the "Same Sex Prohibition Bill," also known as the "Jail the Gays Bill" broke yesterday, and the US State Department has now spoken out against the bill as a violation of Nigerian people's basic rights.