Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative, a non-profit organisation, has dragged the Corporate Affairs Commission before the Court of Appeal over the refusal to register it.
Pamela Adie, an LGBT activist, had in 2018 sued the commission for refusing to register the organisation but lost the case.
However, the activist disclosed on Twitter that she had filed a notice of appeal on the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court.
“Notice of appeal has been filed in the case of Pamela Adie V CAC. As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a non-profit called Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative but was denied by the Nigerian government agency, CAC, because it said ‘lesbian’ was offensive.
Continue reading at: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2020/02/03/lesbian-group-drags-cac-to-court/ (Source)
Original article: Lesbian activist loses battle in Nigerian court
“If you haven’t come out to yourself, it’s difficult to come out to [other] people … At first, it might look like a difficult task, like something that’ll never end or something that’ll keep going on but once you get over it, you’ll see that you have your whole life ahead of you.”
Pamela Adie’s words describe her documentary, Under the Rainbow, a film that serves as a ‘visual memoir’ about her personal journey of coming home to herself. Walking us through her experiences, the documentary, which is the first lesbian documentary from Nigeria, points to the realities of some sexual minorities in the country, particularly black lesbians who are often left out of conversations about equal rights.
Throughout her story, for every tablespoon about pain, there are three about comfort.
Her awareness and discomfort with the fixation with pain when it comes to narratives that centre queer experiences challenged her to share how rich queer people’s experiences are, to encourage people to look beyond the pain in the moment and to increase the visibility of multidimensional stories told by black Nigerian lesbians.
Continue reading: https://mg.co.za/article/2019-08-22-00-shining-a-light-on-lesbian-experiences-in-nigeria (source)
A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to register a lesbian advocacy organization in Nigeria.
Lesbian activist Pamela Adie sued the Corporate Affairs Commission after her application to register her organization, Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiatives, was rejected on the grounds that the name was misleading, offensive, contrary to public policy and in violation of the Nigerian law prohibiting same-sex marriage.
The organization’s primary objective is to advocate for the rights of sexual minority women in Nigeria.
Continue reading at: https://76crimes.com/2018/11/17/lesbian-activist-loses-battle-in-nigerian-court/ (source)
Update: Lesbian activist takes Nigerian government to court to register organisation