Richard Akuson is a Nigerian lawyer and founder of A Nasty Boy magazine which seeks to challenge conventional norms about gender and masculinity. Akuson is now based in New York. The views expressed here are solely his. I wanted to start meaningful conversations around gender norms and masculinity that speak specifically to our realities as gay men within a culture that is poisonously patriarchal and deeply homophobic. But neither the acclaim nor my considerable privilege, as an attorney and son of a politician, could protect me from the four men who brutally ambushed me in my hometown, Akwanga, Nassarawa State, in central Nigeria late last year.
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It applies to sexual intercourse between men. Section criminalises attempts to commit the offences prohibited under Section 1. Section 5 1 prohibits the entering into a same-sex marriage or civil union with a penalty of fourteen years. Section 5 2 criminalises registering, operating or participating in gay clubs, societies or organisations, or making a public show of a same-sex relationship with a penalty of ten years imprisonment. Section 5 3 criminalises administering, witnessing, aiding or abetting the solemnisation of a same-sex marriage or union, or supports LGBT organisations with a penalty of ten years imprisonment.
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More than 40 men have been arrested in Nigeria over the weekend for performing homosexual acts, police say. Nigerian newspaper Punch reports that the police raided a hotel in Lagos State on Saturday afternoon and says the hotel was cordoned off while the investigation was carried out. Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also banned. Africa Live: More on this and other stories.
The legal and social status of between ,—over 2 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex South Africans has been influenced by a combination of traditional South African mores, colonialism , and the lingering effects of apartheid and the human rights movement that contributed to its abolition. South Africa's post-apartheid Constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation , and South Africa was the fifth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. South Africa is to date the only country in Africa to have legalised same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples can also adopt children jointly, and also arrange IVF and surrogacy treatments.