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Nigerian gay man addresses crucial LGBTIQ issues at UK conference

UK-based Nigerian gay man Daniel Asaya also known as Dan Yomi is gradually taking on the lead when it comes to advancing LGBTIQ equality as an African.

Dan Yomi [second from right] with others from the event.

By Mike Daemon

Ever since Yomi came out last year as gay to his family on Whatsapp, he has been visible, vocal and working to support LGBTIQ Africans through Living Free with Dan – an LGBTIQ mental health focused initiative which he started last year.

Last week, Yomi who represented House of Rainbow at the annual LGBT Humanist UK conference joined other notable LGBTIQ persons to address some crucial issues affecting LGBTIQ folks.

At the event, Yomi raised issues related to faith, human rights, racism within the LGBT community, religion, building alliances and House of Rainbow’s work in fostering relationships amongst QPOCs of Faith through events, workshops and campaigns as well as his plans for Living Free with Dan.

In a chat with NoStringsNG after the event Yomi said:

“It was such a privilege to share the platform with other prominent speakers to speak on very important issues that aren’t normally talked about. Really grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to seeing many positive changes for everyone within the LGBTQ+ community.”

Read also: Out Nigerian gay man is now ready to help other gays

Also, Yomi currently sits on the board of House of Rainbow, an LGBTIQ affirming faith-based organization which was founded in Nigeria by the renowned Rev. Jide Macaulay in 2006.

Ever since then, the organization has grown and is now recognized globally as the first Nigerian faith-based organization for the LGBTIQ community.

As LGBTIQ Africans struggle almost on a daily basis to navigate their lives, it is particularly important that they have positive role models to inspire them so they know that they are not alone, and we are glad that people like Yomi and others alike, are filling that void and making such a huge positive impact in their lives.


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