Classmates threaten gay man: Qtalk’s advice for LGBTQ+ Nigerians

LGBTQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counselors via the Qtalk app.

The Qtalk user’s name has been changed in the following writeup, which is one of many contributed by the counselors who provide advice to LGBTQ+ Nigerians via the free Qtalk app:

Classmates threaten young man after finding out he’s gay

Chidi, a 20-year old university student, is scared after four of his course mates read through his chats and found out he’s gay.

In a support request, he wrote: “Four of my classmates in school went through my phone and discovered that I am queer. They have been threatening to expose me if I do not give them 40,000 naira [about $100]. Now I feel kind of restless and disturbed. I don’t know what to do.”

In response to his request, the counselor who responded stated that the classmates were absolutely wrong to have accessed his phone without his permission.

The counselor further suggested and encouraged him to report the issue to an LGBT organization in his state for further assistance.

The counselor did not know whether the student did so.

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

To download the Qtalk mobile app, click HERE.

To support the Qtalk project financially, click HERE.

Written by Mike Daemon

Mike Daemon is the pseudonym of the founder and presenter of the No Strings podcasts, based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which provide a voice for the country’s LGBTIQ+ community. Through the No Strings website, he reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ Nigerians. He launched and maintains the Qtalk app, which provides safe and private access to legal and psychosocial counseling for LGBTQ+ Nigerians. Contact him by email via info (at) nostringsng.com.

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