A Tidal Wave of Change

nigerian-flagrainbow-flagThe U.S. Department of State has issued its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Here is  part of the lengthy report on Nigeria (flag left).

“Homosexuality is illegal under federal law; homosexual practices are punishable by prison sentences of up to 14 years. In the 12 northern states that have adopted Shari’a law, adults convicted of engaging in homosexual intercourse are subject to execution by stoning, although no such sentences were imposed during the year. Because of widespread taboos against homosexuality, very few persons were openly homosexual.

“On September 12, local newspapers Nation, Vanguard, PM News and the Sunday Sun published photos, names, and addresses of members of the House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered-friendly church in Lagos. Following publication, persons started harassing the 12 members. One woman was attacked by 11 men, while others were threatened, stoned, and beaten. No investigation was initiated by year’s end.”

We must agitate for justice for LGBT people, not only for ourselves in the United States but also to create a tidal wave of change that will sweep across Nigeria and every other place where people die for the simple fact of their God-given sexuality.

(Note: The full report can be accessed through http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/af/119018.htm)