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In a week-long celebration, Pride in Lagos celebrated LGBTQ+ identities from 12 to 16 June in many forms.

From an exhibition space to a ball and a rave that closed the celebrations, Nigeria’s queer community experienced a euphoric event that saw hundreds take part.

The reported numbers of LGBTQ+ Nigerians have grown in recent years, though they tend to remain behind closed doors due to safety concerns.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Nigeria and is generally not accepted as the country’s Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act restricts both same-sex relationships and public affection, with punishments of up to 14 years in prison.

With Rainbow Railroad as its main sponsor for 2023, the event aimed to challenge stereotypes, combat discrimination and foster unity within Nigerian society.

In a public statement about the event, Pride in Lagos said it “represents a significant milestone in the journey towards a more inclusive and accepting Nigeria.

“By celebrating diversity and promoting equal rights, the festival aims to create a society where every individual can live with dignity, respect, and freedom to be themselves.”

Take a look at some of the week’s celebrations in the photos below and donate to Pride in Lagos here.