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Bobrisky, James Brown, others jubilate as bill prohibiting cross-dressing fails second reading

A Bill seeking to prohibit cross-dressing in Nigeria failed to pass second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Wase, who presided over the day’s plenary, advised the sponsor, Muda Umar, to step it down as it does not capture the multi-cultural nature of the country.

Recall that the House of Representatives on April 5 passed the first bill to prohibit cross-dressing with an amendment to the Same-Sex (Prohibition) Act.

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This proposed bill, if passed into law, could affect popular crossdressers like Okuneye Olanrewaju, who is popularly known as Bobrisky and James Brown.

The 2013 Same-Sex Prohibition bill was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan on January 17, 2014, despite opposition from the international community, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom.

The legislation was titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 to Prohibit Cross Dressing; and for Related Matters (HB.1938).’

Members of the House were already raising their voices as Umar led the debate at the second reading, making Wase to interject the sponsor, urging him to step down consideration of the bill for further consultation.

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