The message of this year's Pride in Lagos theme underscores the importance of inclusivity and acceptance of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic that sets them apart from others in Lagos, Nigeria, and West Africa.
Defining “We All Belong”:
“We All Belong” is a statement that recognizes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their individual differences. It is a call to action to embrace diversity and inclusivity and to reject discrimination and intolerance. At its core, “We All Belong” is a message of unity, community, and acceptance of minority communities in Nigeria.
Why “We All Belong” Matters:
The fight against different discrimination and prejudice experienced particularly by individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in West Africa is still at large. Despite significant progress in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, there is still a long way to go. LGBTQ+ individuals in Nigeria continue to face religious harassment, police, and societal violence, and legislative discrimination which has led to continuous disenfranchisement of the queer body, ensuring a sense of isolation, shame, and exclusion. The “We All Belong” message is an essential reminder that everyone is welcome, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
Creating a Sense of Belonging in a Sensitive socio-political Climate:
The role of Lagos in the socio-economic and political atmosphere of West Africa is undeniable, likewise our beloved country’s impact on Africa. As the world experiences a rise in anti-LGBTQI+ legislation in a global economic recession, it is very imperative that we care for our very own community across the board! inviting everybody to the table, building community, amplifying conversations, and building systems.
We look forward to a Power Pride week this year!