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Activist’s video urges Nigerian parents to love gay children

“People really believe that, for you to be gay, you have to be under some sort of demon, or something has to be wrong with you.” That’s how LGBT rights activist Micheal Ighodaro describes the harsh attitudes that lead to deteriorating living conditions for gay people in Nigeria.

Micheal Ighodaro. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Ighodaro made that comment in a short video by Brut – an American digital media company.

Ighodaro, who faced multiple threats of physical violence and family rejection, lived in the city of Abuja in Nigeria before fleeing to the U.S in 2012 to seek asylum.

In the video, Ighodaro stated that in Nigeria, parents still reject their gay children, and the situation has since worsened since the country’s anti-gay Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act took effect in 2014.

The video calls on Nigerian families to give their gay children a chance — and to stop evicting them, which often forces them into a life of homelessness and unemployment

This is not the first time that Ighodaro has publicly spoken about the situation of gay people in Nigeria. In 2014, he confronted former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan over the country’s anti-LGBT law at a dinner held in Washington.

Watch the video below.

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    Bob Olivieri
    November 3, 2012 ·
    To my beautiful Gay Brothers and Sisters: Right-wing Bigots like Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence, Rick Santorscum, Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, Franklin Graham and James Dobson of Focus on the Family will never agree with you because this inaccurate and false information they spew about you is their bread and butter. If they did not have a populace to discriminate against, then their REVENUE would greatly shrink. The foundation to healthy living is to protect yourself against their shameful and untrue Evangelical beliefs, for they are dangerous and immoral. Always feel good about yourself my gay brothers and sisters, for I have the experience of internal hate and oppression like many that lasted for many years. I have survived the emotional turmoil that has shaped my entire life, many of our gay brothers and sisters sadly, have not. We must continue the education that being gay is not a learned behavior but a cherished gift from the source of life. Please remember, these religious sinners who are in charge of different faith-based organizations know NOTHING about God, only money and power and they will say, preach or do anything to have it.

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    Bob Olivieri
    October 10, 2012 ·
    I would like to tell every single gay person and everyone in the United States and in the world, be STRONG! There is nothing wrong with you, it is them— The small minority of mis-informed people who are listening to powerful political bigots who want to keep their cash flow going by hate. They do this by mis-interpreting the True God of Love. These people are Focus on the Family, The Family Research Council and others. Please educate everyone you know always about these religious radicals. The True God is about love, compassion and helping others, not a hateful God that they should not be preaching to and about!

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    October 18, 2010 at 10:45pm

    Dear President Obama, Secretary Gates, Military Commanders, and all Military Personnel of the United States Armed Forces:

    Thank you for your service. You are lucky that I or anybody else can thank you because you have not had immoral obstacles placed in front of you because you happened to be born with a heterosexual orientation. Other people, about 10% of the population happen to be born with a different orientation. What right does any POLITICAL POWER have to EXCLUDE ANYBODY because of religious discrimination? That’s what it is when you get down to the basic argument. Nobody has the right to discriminate, It is against the law of our land. I ask all to remember the horrors and death of the Holocaust and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King where many people were hurt and died because of being different. Hate caused both these tragedies in American History and it still goes on today on a smaller scale, unfortunately. I ask this discriminatory Policy put into place because of hate BE REPEALED IMMEDIATELY. Our children are fighting on the ground now as you read this and dying. Can you tell which dead ones are heterosexual or gay? They are ALL working very hard and dangerously serving to keep us safe in America. It is immoral, UNGODLY, and against the Constitution of the United States to deny anyone equal treatment because of their religious views. In closing, I would like to state that GAY SOLDIERS ARE JUST AS TOUGH AS STRAIGHT SOLDIERS and it is time to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell just as many other countries are very proud having both their Gay and Straight Military Personnel serving Honorably. It is now time for the United States Military to MAN UP and do what is right, repeal that discriminatory and shameful policy NOW please. One of the CORE Values in the US Military is RESPECT and I ask President Obama and the Commanders of our Military to practice now what you are suppose to be instilling into ALL our wonderful people IN THE Armed Forces, RESPECT.I thank all of you and support you and DEMAND as a citizen of the United States, follow the Law and Abide by the US Constitution and follow the Law without religious pressure. Sincerely, Robert Olivieri

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