Nigerian Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexual & Inter-sex(LGBT) in London held a rally yesterday, Thursday, 20th February, 2014 outside the Nigerian High Commission, London, to protest the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act(anti-gay act) signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan. They said that they had to come together to say No to the new law and blatant violation of their human rights. They also delivered a protest letter to the Nigerian High Commissioner. They also hosted a kissing spree outside the embassy as they said Yes to Love and No to Hate. Popular gay pastor and General Overseer of the Rainbow church, Rev Jide Macaulay, was also at the event.
The coordinator of the protest Davis Mac-Iyalla had this to say to those who use the bible to judge them:
“As for the Bible and scripture, I just try to do my best to live the way I believe a good person should and leave “the book” to others who do a great job twisting it into what they want to believe. I do use pieces to point out their imperfections, though, when they use it as a weapon against homosexuals. I have said it before, and I would say it again: If you want to live completely by the principal of the Ten Commandments, then show me where it was written that “thou shall not be gay.”The African church must open its mind to honest conversations. The African bishops need to stop doing the talking and start listening to the LGBT people.”
Here are some photographs taken at the event: