NoStrings NG, a media platform in Nigeria which seeks to promote and project the voices of LGBTIQ persons in Nigeria through media advocacy and sensitization, will be organizing a media project tagged “How Homophobia Promotes The Widespread of HIV/AIDS amongst LGBT people”
We will be talking with health professionals representing different LGBT led and friendly organizations in Nigeria, and also LGBT individuals living with the virus on the NoStrings podcast.
We strongly believe that a leading factor that has led to the widespread of the disease amongst LGBT people is the constant promotion of homophobic behaviors directed toward them. Discrimination is also a key factor in this very sad resulting outcome.
Most LGBT people live in fear and isolation, dealing with internalized homophobia, depression, guilt and shame, and are busy trying to deal with all these things with less time to focus on their health, and caring less about getting tested and staying healthy.
They fear exposure, as they may not freely be able to discuss issues concerning their health in general for fear of discrimination.
With this campaign, we will take advantage of different social media platforms, and promote awareness messages, targeting a generic audience.
We will also launch talks with health experts skilled in HIV/AIDS programmes, and LGBT people living with the virus. They will expose to us about their different experiences with working with infected persons, how the virus actually spreads, and their personal stories living with the virus. We will also deal with the different myths and misconceptions that people nurture about HIV/AIDS and the LGBT community.
Doing this will provide an in depth understanding on why everyone should be concerned, and how homophobia is contributing to the widespread of the disease amongst LGBT people.
We are hoping to use facebook as a starting point to promote the contents that we will be producing for the campaign. We will create banners, record podcast episodes, and produce articles for this project. And we will be paying facebook to distribute these materials on its platform to a generic audience.
We are seeking for an official sponsor, and we will be particularly excited if ordinary individuals can reach us to share how they can support the project.
We currently reach over 4,000 persons every week, and we are hoping to reach more with this campaign if the needed support is acquired.
To support this media campaign, please click HERE.
Journalist, Podcaster, LGBT Rights Activist, project coordinator.