Coming out in Nigeria: ‘Hate, isolation, loneliness may come’

The difficult question about when and if you should come out in an officially homophobic country.


Click the image to hear the "Should I come out?" episode of the No Strings podcasts. Click the image to hear the “Should I come out?” episode of the No Strings podcasts.

Among trends that produce change, the process of coming out is one that can subtly persuade a society of the importance of recognizing the human rights of LGBTI people. When enough friends, colleagues, family members and celebrities come out, fear and hatred of LGBTI people tend to dissolve.

But for an individual, coming out can be risky, especially in an intensely homophobic country.

Mike Daemon, host of the Nigeria-based No Strings podcasts, highlights those risks in the podcasts’ latest episode, titled “Should I come out?”

“It’s a life-changing decision,” he says of coming out. But “how safe will you be when this decision is finally made?”

Some Nigerian parents have turned a son over to police after learning that he is gay, he says.

“I’m not saying that people should not come out,” he…

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