Just think for a moment: what if the equation is reversed and gays are hunting down, kidnapping, stigmatizing and raping straight people? Of course, the government would come to the rescue, arrest everything that smells of homosexuality in the country, slap a 14-year jail price-tag on them while you go back home, in your broken… Read More Adefolami Ademola: What if straight guys were the ones hunted?
In the past few years since the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2013, a wave of violence entrenched in absolute ignorance and oppression has been unleashed on the gay community. However, things are worse now. In the past few days, there have been stories of abuses in Nigeria. First, a video was… Read More Jide Macaulay: A response to the wave of homophobia in Nigeria #OwodeArrest
The past week has been an emotional one for us at The Rustin Times. It feels like the fight for equality is taking a huge setback not just in Africa but in places across the world. From Donald Trump’s transgender ban to the arrest at Owode in Lagos, it seems like as soon as we… Read More Boye Black: Lil Duval & hosts of The Breakfast Club need to do better!
It was at last year’s discussion at The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) Human Rights event that I first noticed how people used the idea or the belief that they are liberal, open minded and straight as a standard to either make homophobic comments or massage their egos. Usually, it begins like this: “Hi, my… Read More Kenneth Osakwe: Has liberalism become a tool to hide hate and bigotry?
How much is too much? What happens when she says no? Both of you have been preparing for this all day; flirty messages, subtle hints here and there and then suddenly when the time comes, you start kissing her and she says she is not ready. She is not feeling it. What do you do?… Read More Nyar Afrika: Why we need to talk about Lesbian Rape
A day ago, a tweet to the account of The Initiative for Equal Rights said: “as far as I know homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.” It was just a random tweet, and the offending tweeter was swiftly corrected, but it does point to a large problem of language, law and understanding amongst Nigerians, and more… Read More Dele Meiji: Being Gay is not a crime in Nigeria
A recent death in the music industry started a conversation around mental health. It was the death of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the popular rock band, Linkin Park. Mental illness is one of those things not given enough attention in our society today. It is something that although silently kills, everyone refuses to… Read More Kene Richard: Mental Health in the Nigerian LGBT Community
This is the first installment in the series by One Black Boy. *** It is true that one of the teachings of most religious groups is based on love, tolerance and acceptance; Jesus taught his disciples to love one another. He taught them that the greatest commandment is love; love for God and love… Read More One Black Boy: Religion and Sexuality (The Final Instalment)
Dating while gay is hard. Now, dating while gay and Nigerian is the ultimate struggle. Plus, Instagram doesn’t make it easy for the boys. Everyone is presenting the best version of themselves so you better get in formation or there is no hope for you. I probably should just paint a scenario for you. So… Read More Tomiwa Yakubu: Dating While Gay and Nigerian
This is the first instalment in the series by One Black Boy. *** There is no doubt that religion plays a major role across the world. Religion shapes, moulds and points to a certain direction of what is expected of the individuals who subscribe and follow a certain belief system. There are over a thousand… Read More One Black Boy: Religion and Sexuality