The bill which was read aloud on the House floor on Tuesday, April 5, seeks to outlaw cross-dressing, with the exception of individuals who do it for amusement purposes.
The bill proposes to alter the 2013 Same-S#x Marriage (Prohibition) Act by inserting cross-dressing as one of the act’s offenses. If passed into law, crossdressers such as Bobrisky, James Brown and others risk six months imprisonment.
Most worrisome for them, the bill seeks to amend Section 4 of the Act by inserting a new Sub-clause 3 that reads, “(1) Cross—dressing done publicly is prohibited.
“(2) A person shall be deemed to have committed the offence publicly where it is published or displayed publicly notwithstanding that it was committed privately or in any place that would have ordinarily been described as private.
“Provided that this section of this Act shall not apply to cross dressing in the course of a stage play or in any bona ﬁde public entertainment.”
Particularly, the bill seeks to amend Section 5 of the Act by inserting a new Sub-clause 4 that reads:
“A person engaged in cross dressing is guilty of an offense and liable to imprisonment for six (6) months or to a ﬁne of ﬁve hundred thousand naira (N500,000).”
Also amending section 7 of the Act, the bill seeks to introduce the word ‘cross dressing’ and deﬁning it as “…the practice of wearing clothes usually worn by a person of the opposite s8x.”