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Nigerian film maker: ‘Yes! You can be an LGBTIQ Christian’

Elizabeth Funke Obisanya on the No Strings podcast.
Elizabeth Funke Obisanya on the No Strings podcast. (Click on the image to hear her.)

“Yes! You can be an LGBTIQ Christian,” says Elizabeth Funke Obisanya on a No Strings podcast.

No Strings, which provides a voice for LGBT Nigerians, interviewed her about faith and sexuality, including her personal experiences as an LGBTIQ minister and film maker.

She is  best known as the screenwriter and producer of the short film “Magda’s Lesbian Lover,” also known as “Magda’s Lesbian Love.”  The film has been shown at many film festivals in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

A scene from "Magda's Lesbian Lover." Click the image to watch a trailer for the film. (Photo courtesy of British Council)
A scene from “Magda’s Lesbian Lover.” Click the image to watch a trailer for the film. (Photo courtesy of British Council)

The Internet Movie Database describes three versions of the film — an original 29-minute one in Swedish and English, “Min Mamma alska Lesbiska”; an English version in which “Magda’s conflict with her homosexuality is seen more and her faith questioned,” and an eight-minute version consisting of “the beginning story – the coming of age.”

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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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