Homophobic Nigerian plans anti-gay, anti-lesbian protest

A homophobic man in southeastern Nigeria is organizing a protest against gays and lesbians this coming weekend.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


By Mike Daemon

In several popular Facebook posts, Daniel Edon, who seems obsessed with homosexuality, called for his followers to join a protest against homosexuality and lesbianism on Saturday in Akwa Ibom State.

Daniel Edon (right) (Photo source: Facebook)

He wrote: “On 27TH. JUNE 2020, EKET MEN WOULD BE ON D STREETS TO PROTEST AGAINST LESBIANISM. Join us. Old women, stop defiling our young girls.”

Another of Daniel Edon’s Facebook posts about the June 27 protest.

 

His posts generated a lot of attention, attracting mostly comments from homophobic people who applauded him for his plan.

“Lesbianism, the Gay community, gayness, and gay pride are all foreign to our culture and land. We should immediately nip it in the bud. I am REALLY in. That is a good job, pls keep it up,” one online viewer commented.

“May God deliver all lesbians and restore them back to their senses. Amen,” another commented.

An Eket-based trans activist, who asked for her identity to be hidden, said she is worried about the possible negative impact of the protest on the LGBTIQ+ community in Akwa Ibom state:

“This is a violation of human rights and it’s supposed to corrupt the minds of the public,” the activist said. In general, “they’ll just stare, tease or murmur but would never attack an LGBTIQ individual violently simply because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Daniel Edon

 

“Eket is a peaceful place where transsexuals experience little transphobia compared to other places and cities. The people here hardly attack us. But I am very sure things will never remain the same again after this barbaric act they call a protest. We need help; these transsexuals have no other place to go if what I fear happens,” she said.

The activist also said that she was once outed by Edon, who thought that she was a lesbian:

“He even outed me publicly as a lesbian. He didn’t know am transexual cos I live and present as female always.”

Source: Rights Africa

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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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