Mass arrests targeting LGBT people are happening across Nigeria. Attacks are going unpunished by police. Nigeria’s LGBT community are asking us not to stay silent. Sign this petition now.
As Westerners deplore Russia’s recent anti-gay bill and continue to push Uganda to not enact draconian new anti-gay legislation, Nigeria last month passed a bill which not only outlaws same sex marriage but also criminalizes “shows of same sex affection” and participation and advocacy or even support for LGBT organization and individuals with up to 14 years in jail. Despite this, where is the outrage? I posted about this new law previously on tumblr, but was largely met with silence compared to other pieces I’ve written. Even a short post that simply required a reblog to stand in solidarity with Nigeria’s LGBT community was met with crickets by the tumblr community.
But why? Esteemed gay Nigerian activist, Bisi Alimi (@bisialimi) who was driven into asylum in the UK by a brutal homophobic physical assault in Nigeria several years ago, explores these questions in a recent opinion piece for beige. He shares a painful conversation he had with a gay Nigerian friend of his, which cuts to the heart of this point:
“Why such a loud silence?”…… He looked at me again, with even more desperation in his eyes. “This silence is killing me, it’s killing my friend, it’s killing LGBT people in Nigeria; why is the world silent on Nigeria?”
We, as LGBT Nigerians, are being hurt, killed and publicly humiliated everyday even moreso now with that this bill has passed but where is the outrage? Why does nobody in the international community seem to care?
Just recently two “allegedly gay” men were dragged out of their houses by a mob in Port Harcourt and forced to masturbate one another and then have anal sex in front of the crowd as they jeered, screamed and berated them. The entire incident was filmed as well by camera phones and shared widely to publicly shame and humiliate the men even more, and a video still from it is above.
In Northern Nigeria, which is under Muslim Shariah law and where homosexuality is punishable by public stoning, dozens of LGBT activists have been arrested since the passage of the bill. When a judge in the city of Bauchi “only” decided to punish a gay man with a whipping in his courtroom (which he’s pictured reenacting above) the crowd outside the courthouse was “disappointed” hoping that the convicted individual be stoned to death instead. When 7 other allegedly gay men were being arraigned in the Bauchi courthouse, a mob outside hailed stones and glass bottles into the court demanding a speedy trial and execution, and some even wanted to set the entire courthouse ablaze with them inside.
And yet despite all of this, all we are met with is silence? Why are our lives as LGBT Nigerians worth less than that of LGBT Russians whom the world is justly speaking out for after draconian anti-gay laws were recently passed there? Why, even more paradoxically, is it seemingly just a random “omission” and not necessarily racial because Uganda’s law and LGBT community has received significant support from the international community?
I understand the potential issues of Western LGBT organizations or even gay Nigerians in diaspora like myself speaking over the voices of gay Nigerians in Nigeria themselves. But we’re not. This petition and call to action which I’m linking here and asking you all to help share is coming from the “Solidarity Alliance” in Nigeria. Here is their message in full via allout.org:
On 14 January, we woke up the shocking news that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had assented to the bill passed the National Assembly prescribing 14 years imprisonment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Since the signing of this law, many people have been arrested in Nigeria. There were more than a dozen arrested and arraigned in Bauchi. There has been mob violence and the Nigerian LGBT community and straight allies are living in fear.
The government of the country are denying many Nigerians our fundamental human rights and criminalizing our relationships, movement and even sustenance.
What can you do to help? Sign the petition in support of our community, spread the word, and join in our Global Day of Action on 7 March.
This is important and lives really are on the line here, despite the silence from the international community. So please SIGN THE PETITION, share and signal boost this post and spread the word about the GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH NIGERIA’S LGBT COMMUNITY ON MARCH 7.
So, the Springfields and Konoes putting their children in an arranged marriage for political reasons theory. Considering the dates, I think Touta is actually Negi’s great-grandson, otherwise Negi and his wife would have had to have children at quite an old age. I think this puts a nice distance between the two characters, as well.
Of course, Touta’s exact relations to the Konoe family and Negi are still much up for speculation until the series reveals the truth about his past.
The happiest people in life are the ones who are content with just that… Life. It’s the people who don’t expect more than the incredible existence they’re already given, but instead take it all in, appreciate, and make the best of it. It’s the people who don’t praise someone or something and ask them to solve all their problems. Instead they take care of them themselves and take the credit that they deserve. It’s the people who come to terms with the fact that this very life is maybe just maybe all we have, but don’t look at it as a pessimistic “all we have” instead they make it their “everything we have” because when you look at something as your everything you tend to treat it well. It’s the people who are focused on the here and now and grateful for the history that got them there. It’s the people who don’t sugarcoat harsh truths to make themselves feel better, instead they come to terms with them and grow. It’s the people with the ability to step back and see how big it is to realize how small we are. It’s the people who find meaning in our meaninglessness, and realize that just because life doesn’t have a purpose doesn’t mean they don’t. It’s the people who realize that we were not put on this earth to serve anybody, but yet want to help everybody. And they do it out of pure love and compassion, not out of fear of threats from a book. It’s the people who give just to give, and not because they expect to receive. It’s the people who are simply grateful for what they have and not sorry or bitter for what they don’t. It’s the people who look at this time we’re here and alive as the most valuable thing they own and they spend that particular currency wisely, because there’s no way to earn more of it. It’s the people who don’t take things for granted and can find beauty in the things that others don’t. It’s the people who can find the light in dark situations. It’s the people who express their emotions. We all get sad, stressed out, and angry, it’s the people who don’t express it that stay that way. It’s the people who simply don’t let themselves get offended and realize that the act of being offended is part of what makes something offensive. It’s the people who laugh and try to make others do the same because life just isn’t that serious. It’s the people who forgive and truly forgive because it makes both parties better in the long run. It’s the people who understand the value of other people in their lives and express their gratitude. Happiness is in so many things yet many struggle to find it. To those who can’t all I have to say is take a step back and broaden your view because it’s all around you.
Reiner said Ymir was able to become human AGAIN, implying she possibly born human, turned into a Titan, and then later became a Shifter… or something along these lines.
What if ALL Titans were once human and must consume a Shifter in order to gain consciousness again? (Ymir ate Reiner and Bert’s comrade.)
And what if the main shifters (Annie, Reiner, Bertholt) are trying to prevent other Titans from becoming Shifters, which is why they’re taking Eren?
Maybe someone came up with this before but it just struck me.
Patches are in and have been shipped! I’ve put the extras up for sale:
To celebrate the opening, I’m giving away THREE sets of three Scouting Legion small or medium patches! The three winners will have the choice of
- 2 Medium + 1 Small (For cosplay)
- 3 Medium (for sticking on whatever)
Patches are professionally made, 100% embroidered, and iron-on backed (can still be sewn on!). I’ve got a large overstock in my store so please check it out!
To enter: Reblog this post. Likes don’t count but are appreciated. You don’t have to follow me but a winning follower will get an extra medium patch! Keep your ask box open and, of course, I’ll need your address if you win.
Contest ends September 5th at 11:59 EST! I’ll use a random number generator or draw straws or something…