Gay In Nigeria and Black In America
I’m always interested in anything LGBTQ on the global front. This one deals with both Nigeria and America. It’s about a black man who fled from Nigeria for being gay only to find himself terrified of being in America because he’s black. Listen, I can’t comment on being black, obviously, but I can say I have been terrified at times for being gay in America. Of course not to the degree as I would in other countries, but the fear is still there for many gay people…and I think all marginalized groups to a certain extent. And if we’re not getting slammed aggressively, we’re getting those slams in passive-aggressive ways…like every time Hollywood or book publishing exploits and appropriates our culture and totally ignores us.
Each time I tell someone why I’m here, the sad irony of it hurts like a gut punch. I’ve traded one perilous identity — being gay in Nigeria — for yet another one: being a Black man in America. The anguish cuts deep into the bones.
Here’s the rest. Again, I can’t comment on being black in America, and I wouldn’t do that. But I don’t know how he feels so safe and comfortable being gay in America. It’s not as bad as it once was that’s for sure and yes we do have many rights now. But it’s far from being perfect. There are still schools in the US that won’t hire openly gay teachers, there are still actors in Hollywood who are terrified to come out, and in some places, the police are still entrapping us. I post about these things all the time. I think mostly I get tired of listening to straight people tell me how wonderful things are for gay people when they don’t have the slightest clue.
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