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Put your colors on

by Kelvin Tiwatope | June 1st, 2021 2:10pm

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Red means life , Orange means healing, yellow wants you to shine, green means nature, blue means serenity and purple means spirit.
The first Pride was a protest outside the Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969, led by Black transgender women in likes of Marsha P. Johnson , Sylvia Rivera and others in good memories.
1st of June of every year marks the celebration of PRIDE month , a celebration of colors , style , reality and struggles of the LGBTQ+…..all over the world ,we hit the street to protest for the rights and freedom of ourselves and for others across the globe, we seek justice for people who lost their lives to homophobia, transphobia and injustice of any kind resulting from their sexuality .

Sadly, in the case of Africa when it comes to sexuality discussions, privileges are respected over rights , the societal values and norms are strongly held and a little smell of deviance to the societal norms is instantly terminated.

This made LGBTQ+ people in Africa most especially Nigeria and other West African countries live in fear. Pride month is a month to protest for rights in loud colors and styles in societies that already scaled through the depth of homophobia. While, For the Nigerian LGBTQ+ persons, it’s a way to celebrate our survival through life .

Pride month in Africa, most especially Nigeria is celebrated to agitate for the rights to live freely and love as a queer persons in these African countries.

We agitate for the right to hit the street as queer persons with no fear of paying with your lives or being queer is punished by law and made to look like criminal through laws like the Same Sex Prohibition Act (SSMPA) of 2014.

However, due to the development of technology and virtual spaces of communication, queer people have been able to unite ,connect to each other around the world , share their struggles and reality and also been able to proffer solution to the problems affecting the LGBTQ+ global community.

We at Queercity Media Productions , we are here to celebrate with each and everyone through this month. We celebrate your struggles and reality.
We implore everyone out there to be stronger and never to give up , it only takes time.
On this space , we celebrate you for being true to yourself despite the challenges, we appreciate every shade and color of your queerness and we are assuring you that you are not alone , you are loved and you’ll always be loved . So shake your body ,put your flag up , your colors high and let it fly .
Heal, love , support and find peace .

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH

Who killed 19 years old John in Lagos ? QueerCity

Episode Summary  In the early days of July 2021, A 19 years old gay boy named John after meeting a supposed gay man online was kidnapped in Igando, Lagos. This episode of Queercity podcast seeks to understand the situations surrounding the kidnapping and death of 19 years old gay John. QueerNerd @OKTimileyin  would guide this narrative with the help of John's partner, John's Friend and another community member. John didn't deserve to die for being gay, or the horror of him bleeding to death after his parents paid 60,000 naira ransom. It's over 2 weeks since his death and burial, and we can't stop asking if his violator would ever get persecuted ? or this is just another "random gay gist".  Who killed 19 years old John in Lagos ? Credit  Executive Producer : Queercity Media and Productions @Queercitymediaandproductions Producer : Olaide Kayode Timileyin (@OKTimileyin) Voice over : TransgenderGirlfriend  Background Music: https://www.purple-planet.com  Childlike is available on all major streaming platform @Censodd Socials Website : Queercitypodcast.com Instagram : @Queercitypodcast Twitter : @Queercitypod9ja — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/queercity/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/queercity/support
  1. Who killed 19 years old John in Lagos ?
  2. Getting Justice for Cameroonian Transwomen Shakira and Patricia amidst death threats with Hamlet.
  3. HIV stigmatization amongst Nigerian Gay men with Raldie Young
  4. Did Allah make sexuality innate in Islam: A crossover episode with Ynaija Non-Binary Blog
  5. Queering Our indigenous and traditional literary narrative: A night in Ibadan

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IDAHOBIT 2021 Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing.

Olaide Kayode Timileyin | 3:02am

Queerness is still very illegal across many African countries, and this means that queer folks in these part of the world are constantly exposed to all forms of violations which includes targeted hate. During the First quarter of 2021, while the world is still busy battling with the covid-19 pandemic , arrest and violations of queer persons and organizations have been recorded in at least three West African countries, these includes, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon.

Across the globe, Queer folks acknowledge every May the 17th as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, where we educate, advocate and communicate unapologetically against hate against queer bodies. Between February 2021 and May 2021, about four transwomen have faced from eviction and harassments to the most recent one of imprisonment as in the case of Shakiro and Patricia in Cameroon.

This year, we at Queercity Media and production say we recognize how much battles we as a community of queer folks in Africa had fought, we have survived and still fight, that words from our head can’t describe. From the stories we have chosen to tell, we constantly see how far we still have to go as a community in fighting against hate and violations of queer folks, most especially in the creation of healing spaces for ourselves as a community. Everyday queer person is faced with compulsory resistance against the society as our very existence is still criminalized, and this year we are choosing to say as a community we would be Resisting, Supporting and Healing together.

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As LGBT persons in Sub Saharan Africa, we recognize we still have a long way to go with community supports, as often time we forget we are all we have as a community of criminalized person, and this year’s international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia is indeed a clarion call that we all should answer to. While we all as individuals do our best in advocating for our existence, we should never ignore the fact that haven to fight for our existence is mentally and emotionally draining, and we need more healing spaces for ourselves as a community, paying attention to things like this promotes the quality of our activism and is prone to yield more effective results with the work with all do.

With Resistance, healing and supports we are moving a step at a time towards equality. Happy IDAHOBIT 2021 queer folks.

Who killed 19 years old John in Lagos ? QueerCity

Episode Summary  In the early days of July 2021, A 19 years old gay boy named John after meeting a supposed gay man online was kidnapped in Igando, Lagos. This episode of Queercity podcast seeks to understand the situations surrounding the kidnapping and death of 19 years old gay John. QueerNerd @OKTimileyin  would guide this narrative with the help of John's partner, John's Friend and another community member. John didn't deserve to die for being gay, or the horror of him bleeding to death after his parents paid 60,000 naira ransom. It's over 2 weeks since his death and burial, and we can't stop asking if his violator would ever get persecuted ? or this is just another "random gay gist".  Who killed 19 years old John in Lagos ? Credit  Executive Producer : Queercity Media and Productions @Queercitymediaandproductions Producer : Olaide Kayode Timileyin (@OKTimileyin) Voice over : TransgenderGirlfriend  Background Music: https://www.purple-planet.com  Childlike is available on all major streaming platform @Censodd Socials Website : Queercitypodcast.com Instagram : @Queercitypodcast Twitter : @Queercitypod9ja — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/queercity/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/queercity/support
  1. Who killed 19 years old John in Lagos ?
  2. Getting Justice for Cameroonian Transwomen Shakira and Patricia amidst death threats with Hamlet.
  3. HIV stigmatization amongst Nigerian Gay men with Raldie Young
  4. Did Allah make sexuality innate in Islam: A crossover episode with Ynaija Non-Binary Blog
  5. Queering Our indigenous and traditional literary narrative: A night in Ibadan
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GLOW UP PRIDE 1.0

An actual pride event in Nigeria would have been thought impossible, few years ago, after a tweep mentioned it has a possibility, the Nigerian LGBT community had an uproar and a division, some folx believed it’s a suicidal mission, others felt we can. Suggestions to create a balance like, wearing a mask to protect people’s identity were made. Pride month across the universe is a month that is all about the gays, lesbians and every other identity and expression in the LGBT community. Parades that are usually had in every geographical locations of the world, where being queer is not criminalized are cancelled this year, and thanks to the corona virus, which created the need for new exploration of new ideas.

Glow Up pride 2020 was one of the mediums we sought to explore, a virtual pride. At the beginning of the pandemic, human contacts were the first to be avoided, that is ; self isolation, which caused every form of gathering to be cancelled, every form of basic life interactions were taken digital, and companies like Zoom, Facebook, HouseParty, etc created platforms for people to meet in large numbers virtually, thereby no exposing anyone to the virus. By April we started planning for one of such meetings, since the SSMPA is against physical gathering, we could take our meetings somewhere new, “the Virtual earth”. The two hours event was held on zoom, and we had 9 awesome performances , starting off with Borax, and ending with Gyre. Videos are on our IGTV