Teacher fired by homophobic school: Qtalk’s advice for LGBTQ+ Nigerians

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By Mike Daemon

Qtalk users’ names have been changed in the following writeups, which were contributed by the counselors who provide advice to LGBTQ+ Nigerians via the free Qtalk app:

Schoolteacher sacked after school finds out about his sexual orientation

An Enugu-based secondary school teacher is now unemployed after school relieves him of his job because of his sexual orientation. In his support request, he wrote:

“I am just so sad. I was sacked from my teaching job here in Enugu after one of the parents who knew about my sexuality told the school management. I am now jobless with a huge debt on my head. Where do I start from now after months of searching for a job?”

In response to his support request, the counselor who responded sympathized with his situation and made him understand that it wasn’t his fault that people are ignorant about homosexuality, thus the reason they are discriminatory. He was also encouraged to hunt for jobs elsewhere.

(This article and several others like it make up Part 9 of the Qtalk series.)

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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 info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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