Nigerian activists protest harmful, flawed N.Y. Times coverage

Pushback from Nigerian activists in response to the New York Times article blaming the West for worsening the plight of LGBTQI communities in Africa.


Nigerian LGBTI rights activists have challenged the accuracy of the Dec. 20 New York Times article titled “U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good.”

Complaints about the article have included:

  • The unauthorized use of a photo of an activist (since removed), which put the person’s life at risk;
  • The unsupported and wildly inaccurate claim that the U.S. has “put more than $700 million into supporting gay rights groups and causes globally.”
  • President Barack Obama (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) President Barack Obama (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

    The claim that Nigeria’s anti-gay movement is a response to U.S. adoption of LGBT rights as an important focus. The focus was adopted only during the second term of President Obama (2013-present), while the backlash is more accurately described as beginning with the Anglican Communion’s Lambeth Conference of 2008 or earlier, when the Anglican Church of Nigeria protested the 2003 acceptance of openly gay…

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