Story by Reginald Chukwu/Nigeriafilms.com
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Nigerian lady based in the U.K, Yemisi Ilesanmi, who is an atheist and has been clamouring for the rights of gays in Nigeria, recently in an interview with TELL magazine opened up on her sexuality as a bis3xual and also talked about homos3xuality and its perception here in Nigeria.

Excerpt from the interview,

"Whether Nigerians accept it or not, LGBT rights are recognised human rights. Unless, you can prove that Lesbians, gays, bis3xuals and transs3xuals are not human beings, well, you have no reason to deny them their fundamental human rights.

Unfortunately many Nigerians believe in the concept of sin. First, we must understand that sin is a religious concept. Not every Nigerian is religious. Your religion is also a personal matter, why drag other people into your personal relationship with Jesus, Mohammed or Obatala?

When I am told that homos3xuality is a sin, I just tell them their religion is not my law. The Bible or Quran is not my constitution, so why is that even coming up?

The very first thing we need to understand is that homos3xuality, bis3xuality, as3xuality are all as natural as heteros3xuality. Our s3xual orientation differs; we are born with an innate ability to be emotionally or s3xually attracted or not be s3xually or emotionally attracted to same s3x or opposite s3x.

Unfortunately, many African societies do not provide enabling environments to discuss s3xual orientation. S3xual orientation does not harm anyone. A person who is attracted to opposite s3x does not harm anyone so far it is a consensual adult relationship.

It is absurd when Christian gay bashers gleefully quote Leviticus 18:22 to justify why they want to jail and stone gays. Anyone who wants to quote from Leviticus should at least read the book to make sure they are not guilty of any of the things condemned in the book.

Leviticus also says you should not shave, you should not interact with a woman in her menstrual cycle, thou shall not eat shrimps or shell fish, Lev. 11:10, 11:6-8 thou shall not touch the skin of a dead pig (therefore touching football without wearing gloves makes you unclean!) So, when Christians throw Leviticus at me, I simply throw Leviticus right back in their face.

My immediate family knows my s3xual orientation, my father is late, and my mother is accepting of whom I am and has shown me love and support. To continue to be an important part of my life, you cannot be homophobic, biphobic or transphobic.

My atheism has nothing to do with my bis3xuality. Atheism is simply a non-belief in God. My bis3xuality is my s3xual orientation, no connection. However, I must say, my atheism has helped me to stand up against religious bullies, who use the Bible and the Quran to justify their hate for gays, lesbians, transs3xual and bis3xuals.

Religion carries a lot of unwarranted weight in Nigeria and Africa generally. This should not be so. In fact, this is one reason the African continent is still very backward. When religion carried so much weight in Europe during middle Ages, it was wrought with wars, jihads, killings and ethnic cleansing.

Many religious Africans now use the ‘holy’ books to justify the oppression of members of their own society. Even when the original owners of the religion inform them that the book has been updated and some parts are no longer applicable, Africans still insist that it must be applicable because it says so in the book they were given. How pathetic
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9/11/2013 7:35:36 PM
Where does dis one cum 4rm? What is she trying 2 say?.....,.....,........... Anyways, am jst passin by. #Smh#
9/11/2013 7:36:46 PM
Genefhuckinve, old mama uche jumbo just to name a few are all poussy suckers nah.
fhoolish lalaland
9/11/2013 8:56:10 PM
u are really sick and infatuated with Genny,u are dying in silence cos u will never smell her foot,berra visit a psychia,no responsible person talks like u,shame.
9/11/2013 10:38:21 PM
Genevieve ass sniffer.
Go get a life of yours.
Ewu nmadu!!
Heart attack oooo....
9/11/2013 7:43:34 PM
Lala, bera watch it o because of Genny as Kanu Heart foundation never close o, lol.
Madam u are sick
9/11/2013 8:45:26 PM
Madam i tink u are sick dats y u are saying dis nonsense.u beta change before its too late
Don't judge
9/12/2013 9:16:46 AM
Don't judge or curse her yet. She is not asking u to join her own belief. I don't procure homosexuality but come to think of it and ur religious sentimentality. What is the best moral system. Is among the 8 philosophical questions, answer it if u know ur a good judge.
9/12/2013 1:13:09 PM
Its like u are equally sick.so d comment i made is judgement abi an advice.u berra gerawt now before u'll face my wrath.ode
9/11/2013 8:52:37 PM
U better repent or less ure headin straight to hell fire.
9/11/2013 10:20:50 PM
Na who be dis?
cOme to the lords chosen chris
9/11/2013 10:43:03 PM
PlS come to the lords chosen christmatic minisry madam for deliverAce.
Attention seeker
9/12/2013 12:27:17 AM
This one calling herself yemisi is a confused , brainwashed non-achiever who thinks the only way she can gain the attention of Nigerians is by making dramatic statements like this.
She is a big disgrace to herself and to her family.
Maybe she thinks she has something new to say which Nigerians have never heard before . Idyiot !
Attention seeker
9/12/2013 12:34:21 AM
This one calling herself yemisi is a confused , brainwashed non-achiever who thinks the only way she can gain the attention of Nigerians is by making dramatic statements like this.
She is a big disgrace to herself and to her family.
Maybe she thinks she has something new to say which Nigerians have never heard before . Idyiot !
9/12/2013 9:26:34 AM
I have never seen a f*****h talker like you yemisi and as I see it you are from pit of hell.
Schizophrenic Yemisi
9/12/2013 5:16:02 PM
I have not even finish going through this nonsensical and fallacious giberish before I ascertain that the person who wrote it is a schizophrenic patient.
If you have being brain-washed into the pit of schizism, just keep it to your ownself so that your punishment will be less.
9/13/2013 9:42:37 AM
Don't speak blasphemy or the wrath of God will be upon u. Whatever u like belief, u have ur agency to choose for urself whether God or the devil. Do not preach what u don't know. Do not introduce ur false and devilish teachings to us. U daughter of the devil.
b*****d yoruba gal
9/13/2013 11:18:25 AM
miss ur a disgrace to yoruba community nd ur family,o won to bi e o ni jere,ur life wey don spoil wey dey beyound repaire u dey find person join u, GOD no go let u see.na GOD go kill u a su ono lo fi ori iya gbepe e no go beta 4 ur family.....ta
Selective bigots
Xtreme Freestyle
9/14/2013 5:48:28 AM
Tell them Yemisi! Leviticus and lots of other chapters in the Bible and Quran are mangled daily consciously and unconsciously. BH is a product of religion, 9-11 is one too. So is the daily killings in the Arab world and beyond. How can we be so selective in choosing what is right or wrong from the holy books? The reverse justice system and the corrupt tendencies of the leaders in Nigeria are all acts of sin in the holy books? Yet our religious leaders keep blessing then daily. So who is f**ling who? See, just commit as much sin as you can and leave the rest to God. Yours is not up to an atom in size compared to those ones at the top. The backward countries today are all bigoted and religious. Meanwhile the sinful countries are living in peace and abundance and we are daily envying and copying their ways of life yet abusing their sinful ways. How hypocritical can we be?
r*****h talker
9/19/2013 1:58:07 PM
See, if uon knw wat to say jst kip shut!!...n stp deceivin urslf.
uk gal
9/14/2013 9:50:30 PM
Committing adultry,sleeping with other pples wives n husbands,marry underage gals,scroll all tht judge other pples lifestyles,sins full in tht bleaming country called Nigeria.
hmmm mm
mr kay
9/15/2013 5:36:06 PM
Technology dey 4 there,we no go fit copy. Na d f*****h and abominable act we go easily copy. Something animals can't even do dats wat human beings r doing. Dis democracy,human right r*****h and gay right wey america dey force on us. O Lord God of my father punish dem all. As 4 all of u who thinks america loves africa,ur just daydreaming. America is not wat u think. If gay rights is passed,boys will b getting raped. Its a conspiracy and de want 2 achieve a hidden agenda. I don't kno y we kip doing thinz d bible condems, tatoo,feminism,same sex,fornication,forbidding 2 marry etc. America is doing it does not giv u d ryt 2 do it. D word has bin there evn b4 america came into existence. Don't b deceived
hmmm mm
mr kay
9/15/2013 5:42:32 PM
Shebi de are talking abt human right? If gay right is passed, de shuld also pass armed robbers right,legalise cocaine and marijuana,since de want 2 spoil d world, de shuld legalise every bad thing since its r right 2 do anything. And some i***ts will call it civilisation
9/18/2013 10:12:24 PM
Pls dis woman just give one Reason why God destroyed the city of sodium and gomorrah.U re such a f**l in ur nonsense belife nd constitution. Infact what do u kw about de law
Ezekiel 16:49
Ezekiel 16:49
2/9/2014 2:30:28 PM
Ezekiel 16:49

"'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
certainly Devil in human being form.
East african
9/19/2013 2:19:01 PM
I doubt if this shameless satanic individual is a normal individual, completely devilish and brainwashed bloody f**l.

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