Petition: Save lesbian activist Aderonke Apata from deportation to Nigeria #solidaritywithaderonke Sign now!
The Home Office claimed I can’t be gay because I have a daughter! (63589 signatures on petition)
I don’t know whether this is already going round Tumblr but I need to share it again anyway. This needs another 372 votes by the 5th April.
Please sign it and maybe read up on compulsory heterosexuality while you’re at it. (Link for compulsory heterosexuality is a PDF).
This is a copy of the letter I emailed my MP:
I’m writing once agin as a concerned member of the LGBT community, this time to raise your awareness of the impending deportation of a Nigerian LGBT activist called Aderonke Apata, as someone who lives in Britain and enjoys the freedom against discrimination, I am disheartened that others are not extended the same safety.
If you read this article and several others, they report that she is said to not be a lesbian because she has a daughter and has had relationships with men/a man in the past. This is an extremely outdated and offensive view. Many gay and lesbian people especially in countries that are highly homophobic are subjected to Compulsory Heterosexuality which in brief forces a lot of us to engage in heterosexual relationships to deny our sexuality and fit in with society. Even Elton John married a woman, and I doubt anyone would call into question the validity of his sexuality.
I do hope you can help to shed some light on the situation, as well as help advocte for a valued member of the LGBT community.
remember UK folks it’s election time! Let yr MP’s know the issues that are important to you! I also linked him to academic writing on compulsory sexuality in regards to lesbians btw