A 22-year-old Nigerian gay guy, Andy (not real name), has cried out explaining how he is being pressurized at home because of his sexuality.
According to the mail he sent to LGBTIQ website NoStringsNG.com, Andy said he is being pressurized by his sibling to come out publicly as gay in church or he would be thrown out of the house.
According to Andy, life stopped being the same since his family members got to know that he is gay. Read below:
“A strange man made advances at me, asking me out for a date, an offer which I declined, but the man later made arrangements with some people who came to the place where I was working before, and my house to cause a scene, branding me a homosexual which led to my dismissal.
“My cousin-sister whom I was living with heard the story and was disappointed. She took the news to the village, and after a family meeting was held, I was asked to go and live with my brother and his wife in Abuja who placed me under strict supervision, and most times maltreated me."
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He went on to say that his brother has stopped giving him food, allowing him to bath for their baby boy because of obvious reasons.
“My family has taken a step; they are forcing me to publicly confess that I am gay in church and ask for prayers and forgiveness, so that the pastor can deliver me from homosexuality, but I can’t do that because my life is at risk. How will I survive and navigate life after declaring my sexual orientation to strangers?
Andy said that the only option for him now is to leave the house for his brother and his wife, as it is clear that he is no longer wanted, but his fear is how he will survive?
“I know where to go, but I do not even have money for transportation, and at least some money to sustain myself while I look for a job or something to do with my life. I love who I am and I do not regret ever being gay."
What would you advise him to do?