Press Release: Nigerian gay rights campaigner to speak in Croydon
8 July 2014
For immediate release
Yemisi Ilesanmi, lawyer and gay rights campaigner from Nigeria, will be speaking in Croydon on Tuesday 15th July. She will be talking about the persecution of lesbian and gay people in Nigeria, where a law passed in January this year has led to dozens of gay people being arrested. The meeting, 8pm at the Spread Eagle, Katharine Street, is organised by Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) and is open to all. Copies of Yemisi’s book Freedom To Love For ALL: Homosexuality is Not Un-African will be available for purchase at the meeting
Yemisi Ilesanmi is a trade unionist, human rights activist, author and poet, and sometimes moonlights as a plus size model. She is a passionate campaigner for equal rights, social justice, and poverty alleviation. She has been a leading trade unionist in Nigeria. She now lives in the UK, and is founder and coordinator of the campaign group ‘Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws’.
For more about CAGS see www.cags.org.uk.
For more about CAGS’ series of open meetings, see www.cags.org.uk/brief.shtml
For more about recent developments in Nigeria see http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/14/nigeria-arrests-dozens-anti-gay-law
For more about Yemisi Ilesanmi see http://freethoughtblogs.com/yemmynisting/author/yemmynisting/