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Survey: Nigerians grow more tolerant of LGBT people

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, chair of The Initiative for Equal Rights (Photo courtesy of Tapestry Consulting)

“There’s still a wide gap between increased awareness about diverse sexualities and the importance of human rights that needs to be addressed,” says Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, chair of The Initiative for Equal Rights (Photo courtesy of Tapestry Consulting)

A recent survey found that Nigerians have become a bit more tolerant of LGBT people.

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) reported:

LAGOS – The biennial survey poll commissioned by The initiative for Equal Rights and conducted by NOI Polls, to map the perception and awareness of LGBT people amongst the general population in Nigeria indicates that there is increasing social acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Nigerians, despite continued support for the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, which bans marriage and criminalizes same-sex associations and cohabiting, amongst other discriminatory provisions.

Amongst the key findings of the poll are that a majority of Nigerians surveyed (53%) have some awareness and knowledge of homosexuals either through knowing a friend, family member or someone in their locality who is homosexual or through media, and (39%) of Nigerians accept that lesbian, gay and bisexual Nigerians should have equal access to public goods such as healthcare, housing and education, which represents a 9% increase from a previous poll conducted in 2015.

The survey covered 2000 Nigerians from the six geo-political zones recruited through a proportionate, stratified random sample design with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise.

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, chair, The Initiative for Equal Rights, says:

“While this year’s poll represents a positive trend in the acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Nigerians, the continued violations of human rights and support for criminalization shows there’s still a wide gap between increased awareness about diverse sexualities and the importance of human rights that needs to be addressed”

Olumide Makanjuola, executive director, The Initiative for Equal Rights, says:

In this GLAAD video, Nigerian LGBT advocate Olumide Femi Makanjuola discusses the reality of being LGBT in Nigeria. (Click on the image to see the video.)

“More work needs to be done,” says Nigerian LGBT advocate Olumide Femi Makanjuola, executive director of TIERS. (Click on the image to see him in a video from GLAAD.)

“The increasing number of Nigerians who accept the right of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual to access public healthcare, housing and education is a welcome and encouraging development – yet these finding show that more work remains to be done to achieve social acceptance of sexual minorities and other marginalized people in Nigerian society”

Key findings

Findings from the survey:

  • TIERS-NOI survey found that 39% of Nigerians believe that homosexuals should have equal access to healthcare, housing and other public goods. Two years ago, only 30% thought so.

    The latest TIERS-NOI survey found that 39% of Nigerians believe that homosexuals should have equal access to healthcare, housing and other public goods. Two years ago, only 30% thought so.

    39% of Nigerians agree that homosexuals should have equal access to healthcare, housing and other public goods, a 9% increase from previous polls

  • 53% of Nigerians say they have an awareness of homosexuality through media, family member or friend.
  • At 39% Media remains and is increasingly the most common means through which Nigerians are aware of homosexuals and homosexuality through the media
  • 28% say they don’t mind homosexuals, if they don’t have to see them.
  • 22% of male respondents are aware of someone who is homosexual [friend, family or local person] – compared to 11% for women.
  • 13% of Nigerians say they would accept a family who is homosexual, a 2% increase from a previous poll in 2015.
  • At 18% and 17% respectively, younger demographics are more likely to know a lesbian, gay or bisexual person.
  • Support for the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act remains high at 90% overall.

To download the full report, go to http://theinitiativeforequalrights.org/resources

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