In 2014, Nigeria passed a law which made same-sex marriage illegal.
Despite this, many people are coming out and are letting people know about their sexuality, irrespective of the backlash.
To make people know that they exist and also help others to boldly identify with their sexuality and assure that they are not alone, a new book about LGBT women has been published in Nigeria.
The book ‘She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak’ is a collection of stories from women of different backgrounds and faiths.
“We are very Nigerian. We are very African. We are very much fabric of this society and this community. This is our stories. If you really want to talk about us, this is our lives and realities,” one of the women who shared her story in the book told BBC.
Below is the description of the book
She Called Me Woman is a collection of first-hand accounts by a community telling their stories on their own terms. This engaging and groundbreaking collection of queer women’s narratives includes stories of first time love and curiosity, navigating same-sex feelings and spirituality, growing up gender non-conforming and overcoming family and society’s expectations. What does it means to be a queer Nigerian? How does one embrace the label of `woman’? While some tell of self-acceptance, others talk of friendship and building a home in the midst of the anti-same sex marriage law. The narrators range from those who knew they were gay from a very early age to those who discovered their attraction to the same sex later in life. The stories challenge the stereotypes of what we assume is lesbian, bisexual, gay, and *trans in Nigeria and they offer us a raw, first-hand look into the lives and realities of our family, friends, neighbours and co-workers who are queer.
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