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Anti-Gay Laws and Oppression in Nigeria

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In Nigeria , the most populated country in the African continent, Homosexuality is illegal. Soon the Nigerian government is likely to pass a same-sex "marriage" ban that would imprison anyone who "performs, witnesses, aids or abets the ceremony of same-sex marriage" or forms gay groups.

Archbishop Peter Akinola, who heads the Church of Nigeria in the Anglican Communion, is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and the consecration of openly gay men as priests. His conservative stance is reflective of Nigerian tradition where homosexuality is seen as "taboo."

Davis Mac-Iyalla is the founder of Changing Attitude-Nigeria. Changing Attitude-Nigeria is a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual members.

Davis wants equality for lesbians and gays within the Anglican Church. The Nigerian church calls Mac-Iyalla a “fraudster” and in a media release, claims he's not a member of any parish and accuses him of theft. The release goes on to denounce homosexuality and says American and U.K. churches are misguided for accepting it.

When Mac-Iyalla, who's an active member of the Church of Nigeria , founded Changing Attitude-Nigeria, he was reportedly fired from his job as a school principal and ostracized by his family and friends. Davis was forced to flee Nigeria recently due to persistent death threats. He's now on a 20 cities tour, including here in Chicago

Also with Davis is Andy Thayer. Andy is Co-Founder of the Gay Liberation Network and they're helping to sponsor Davis ' Chicago appearance.

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