Meet the young Nigerian running an LGBT clothing brand

Rex Young, a young Lagos-based Nigerian entrepreneur, is tapping into the country’s LGBT market.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


Rex Young (Photo courtesy of NoStringsNG.com)

By Mike Daemon

Young, a professional graphic designer, has delved into an untapped market of making custom-made T-shirts for Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] community.

Rex Young’s designs. Source: Instagram

Shirts under his brand ‘Revolt x Raldie’ are custom-made with strong messages aimed at promoting equality and social acceptance of LGBT persons, thus pushing back against negative narratives that tend to condemn and dehumanize sexual minorities.

Nigeria is largely homophobic and so anything that aims to dispel the negative and wrong perceptions that people have about LGBT people is essential, which makes Young’s efforts truly commendable.

Speaking to NoStringsNG in a conversation, Young who started his business last year, described his clothing outfit as “an activist shirt brand”. He also said that, for him, it isn’t just business as usual, but that the whole drive behind his brand is advocacy-oriented.

More of Rex Young’s designs. Source: Instagram

“My mission is to make people socially conscious on matters of equality so as to give marginalized groups an avenue to express themselves with pride,” he said.

To find out more about Young’s brand or to order, CLICK HERE.

Source: Rights Africa

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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