Aderonke Apata is a Nigerian activist – an activist for LGBT rights, asylum rights, human rights. Aderonke is a lesbian, which means her life would be in danger if she were forced to return to Nigeria. For this reason, Aderonke claimed asylum in the UK, to be protected to live her life freely and openly with her partner and to carry on fighting for people’s rights.
Growing up in Nigeria, I was unable to disclose my sexuality, yet unable to hide it.
The culture in Nigeria makes it clear that being gay or transgender is a sin, a sentiment that is fueled by homophobic messages from faith communities, political leaders, families, and schools.
I took these messages in, identified with them, and carried the shame of being a lesbian woman in Nigeria. Continue reading “Asylum for Aderonke – judicial review solidarity action 3 March”