Nigerian podcast: I was outed, jailed, bailed, shunned

African-profile-with-TEXTIn one of the latest episodes of the No Strings podcast,  a young gay man discusses what happened after he was suddenly and dramatically outed.

His story comes from No Strings, which provides a voice for LGBT Nigerians who are often harassed and persecuted by their homophobic fellow citizens and Nigeria’s anti-gay laws.

Teflondon (not real name) was outed by his then lover after an angry display at his lover’s house, then was arrested and held in a cell for several days.

His parents bailed him out, but then began acting distant from him, showing no interest in him and no trust. Ever since then, he has been trying to find his balance again and to understand life from a different perspective.

In this No Strings podcast, Teflondon tells of his struggles, challenges and his family’s constant pressure on him to change. The podcast can be downloaded or streamed.

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For future podcasts, visit the No Strings podcast website.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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