Focus of gay-friendly Nigerian film: Tough facts of LGBT life

“The reality of sexuality amidst spirituality, exorcism, blackmail, and family life” The Nigerian human rights group TIERS is co-producing a short dramatic film about LGBT life, made in partnership with an award-winning local film company, Asurf Films Limited. Their movie, titled “Hell or High Water,” explores “the reality of sexuality amidst spirituality, exorcism, blackmail, and … Continue reading


64% rise in reported Nigerian human rights violations

Reported human rights violations affecting LGBTI Nigerians were up 64 percent last year in comparison to 2014, according to summaries of the two years’ reports published by The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs). TIERS, a human rights organization based in Lagos, Nigeria, has worked with similar groups elsewhere in Nigeria to document abuses affecting LGBTI people, … Continue reading


Nigeria survey: Progress on LGB issues, a long way to go

A recent telephone survey of 1,000 Nigerians found that young adults are more knowing and accepting of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people, but that a large majority of Nigerians remains hostile to LGB people, their rights and their relationships. The survey was conducted in response to Nigeria’s “Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law” of 2014. The … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Middle East / North Africa / Oceania

12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews for 27 of the many countries where LGBTI people struggle for respect and equal rights. … Continue reading