So, while 9-year-old Americans were giving their teacher compassionate letters in acceptance of his sexuality, faceless Nigerians on the cyber warpath had no compassion to give, even in the face of a fellow countryman’s misfortune, just as long as he is gay.
Yesterday, gay activist Bisi Alimi revealed in a Twitter diatribe that he was recently in touch with a young Nigerian who intended to commit suicide to escape the humiliation of his recent attack. See his tweets below.
And when these tweets were published on nairaland.com, the very first comment (which I slipped upon, because I really detest going through the comments sections of these mainstream blogs when LGBT posts are up) was:
I’m sure there was more poison following suit. And it all makes me struggle with my faith in the humanity of this country. And for those who may come to protest, ‘Ehn, but homophobia is everywhere, not just in Nigeria…’ (They know themselves) I don’t care about every other place. The one thing I care about is this country, my country, and it feels less and less like home for me and others like me.