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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Nigeria's Anti-Gay Laws, Proving Again She's The Best

By Sophie Smith | /Bent February 19, 2014 at 10:09AM

Poet and novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a beautiful response to the passing of Nigeria's anti-gay law. The law, passed on January 7th, has already led to dozens of arrests.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Poet and novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a beautiful response to the passing of Nigeria's anti-gay law. The law, passed on January 7th, has already led to dozens of arrests. A similar bill looks likely to pass soon in Uganda, where President Yoweri Museveni  announced last week that - after getting hopes up otherwise - he does intend to sign the bill into law. The legislation itself provides for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, makes it a crime not to report gay people to the authorities and prohibits any discussion of homosexuality that is not condemnatory. 

In her piece Adichie systematically takes on the familiar knee-jerk responses of her homophobic interlocutors: being gay is un-African, being gay leads to bestiality, gay men are pedophiles, being gay isn't "normal", being gay is "un-Christian". To each she provides a calm but incisive smack-down. Seriously, Beyoncé, all we need now is for you to put this to music immediately. 

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