RESEARCH: MORE NIGERIANS NOW ACCEPT GAY & LESBIANS

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More Nigerians now support Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual rights. This is according to a research in early 2017 conducted by NOIPolls, supported by The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS).

The Nigerian Constitution stipulates a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of indulging in a lesbian or homosexual act. Participating in gay events, clubs and organisations is also punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

The research, conducted through phone calls to about 2000 respondents randomely selected from different parts of the nation, reveals that it is no longer 92% of Nigerian adults that support the anti-gay law. It is now 87%, down by 5% from 2013.

It also shows that 39% of Nigerians now believe that LGBT should be allowed access to public services. It was 30% in 2015.

Also, 17% of respondents admit to knowing at least someone who is LGBT, either as their family member, friend or acquaintance.

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