This gay pride in Lagos tweet has set the internet ablaze and we love it

On Tuesday, a tweet from @Cynerr framed as a question hit the internet. It’s about the idea of having a gay pride in Lagos, and the suggestion of wearing masks while the gays queer the freaking city with so much fabulousness. Also, there’s the alarming possibility that everyone would look like BDSM freaks but hey, it’s OK. Since Tuesday, the tweet has sparked conversations on Twitter and the reactions from Nigerians have ranged from shock to praise to dripping pessimism. That said, other have used words like ‘stupid’ and ‘suicidal.’

Nicholas Ibekwe is a known investigative journalist who has written many human interest stories, but author Elnathan John dragged him on Twitter and it was merciless.

The warnings from straight people, and even from so-called straight allies, telling the LGBTQ community in Nigeria to be logical and sensible regarding the march shows how privilege can be blinding. Major social justice movements and the fight for liberation all happened on the back of protests and rallies. The Stonewall Riots was a catalyst for the gay rights movement in America and around the world. In Nigeria, LGBTQ people are still being oppressed and abused and marginalised, so much so that the the Public Relations Officer of the Zone 2 Police Command Dolapo Badmos recently reinforced homophobia by asking homosexuals to flee the country or face the law.

The gay march might not happen anytime soon. But when it does, I’d be the one in the front wearing three-inch boots and tight jeans and dancing to whatever protest pop anthem the DJ plays.

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