One of the problems that the queer community faces in the fight against homophobia is having to check the narrative that homosexuality is not comparable to violent crimes. Homophobes are constantly drawing parallels between the same-sexual orientation with stealing, rape, murder and pedophilia, fanning their disgust by decrying how accepting homosexuality is akin to being tolerant of those who commit such crimes.
And this is the narrative that members of the LGB community keep pushing back against.
But what happens when this ignorance comes from within the community?
Yesterday, a member of Nigerian Gay Twitter took to the social media to create a poll no doubt intended to arrest the hypocritical consciousness of the Nigerian society. Following the rape and murder of Uwa Omozuwa, a 22-year-old student of the University of Benin on May 30, the social media has been rife with outrage as Nigerians demand for justice for the victim. The hashtag #JusticeForUwa has taken on a life on social media, and there have been a furious backlash against the rape culture in Nigeria.
Against the backdrop of this outrage, a Nigerian Gay Man with the Twitter handle @Tylerporched made an incredibly tasteless tweet, a poll where he was asking Nigerians to pick between a “homo child” and a “rapist”.
The tweet of course raised the ire of others on Gay Twitter, who took to his mentions to call him out on the irresponsibility of his tweet. But either this person is truly obtuse or deliberately stoking controversy, because he didn’t seem to get it, as evidenced in his responses to those who were calling him out.
We have to be clear about something: homosexuality is NOT AN ALTERNATIVE to rape, thievery, murder, child molestation or any other type of crime that is out there.
Homosexuality is NOT A CRIME!
And as a community, we must RESIST any narrative that attempts to put us in any categories that seeks to make us anything other than HUMAN BEINGS who just want to LIVE.