Stigmatised by the public and badgered by the police, gay people in Nigeria have been driven ever deeper underground. A t a private party, held late at night in a small Lagos hotel far from any main road, men find solace in being openly gay. It is a few hours since the party started, but so far only a dozen people have turned up. Inside, bar tables, music and disco lights fill an otherwise empty space.
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The country does not allow or recognise LGBT rights. There is no legal protection against discrimination in Nigeria —a largely conservative country of more than million people,  split between a mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south. Edafe Okporo fled Nigeria to the United States seeking asylum based on his sexual orientation and was granted political asylum in Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria.
'Used and dehumanized': Dozens of boys found chained in Nigeria
Forty-seven men went on trial in Nigeria on Wednesday for public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a year jail term in the country. The men were among 57 arrested in a police raid on a hotel in the impoverished Egbeda district of the commercial capital, Lagos, in They pleaded innocent at a hearing last month. Xeenarh Mohammed, the executive director of the Lagos-based Initiative for Equal Rights TIERS , said the law had historically been used to harass and blackmail gay people but there had not been any convictions. Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries.
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