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Nigerian Closet
Produced by: Eric Beauchemin
As in many countries homosexuality remains an enormous taboo in Nigeria. Many gay men face intense social and family pressure. Homosexuality is regarded as a Western import but activists point out that it has always been an integral part of the culture. There are no laws regarding same sex relations between women, but lesbians have also suffered persecution. Producer Eric Beauchemin reports on the perils of being gay in Africa's most populous nation.

Program Credits

The Nigerian Closet was produced by Eric Beauchemin of Radio Netherlands. It originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Resources

Links:
Africa and Homosexuality
A great site to find links to various information on homosexuality in Africa.

Legal Status of Homosexuality in Africa
afrol News, an independent news agency, presents the laws on homosexuality throughout various areas of Africa.

Homosexuality in Africa
A 2002 BBC story on the issue in Africa.

Books:
African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization
by: Neville Wallace Hoad 2007
African Intimacies simultaneously responds to the public debate on the "Africanness" of homosexuality and interrogates the meaningfulness of the terms "sexuality" and "homosexuality" outside Euro-American discourse.

Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa
by: Edwin Cameron 1995
Defiant Desire records the lives of lesbian and gay South Africans of all races as they have lived in the face of censure, denial and oppression.

Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands: Studies in African-American Homosexualities
by: Will Roscoe 2004
An in-depth work on African sexuality. The book offers perspectives from the fields of anthropology and history, along with extensive evidence from ethnographic and literary sources.

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