UK-Based Nigerian Atheist, Bisexual Woman Defends Gay Right; Yemisi Ilesanmi Blasts Christians & Muslims

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Sept 9, 2013 – UK-Based Nigerian Atheist, Bisexual Woman Defends Gay Right “Some Girls Marry Girls, Get Over It”

Yemisi Ilesanmi Blasts Christians & Muslims

A United Kingdom based middle age Nigerian woman identified as Yemisi Ilesanmi is currently under fire for a controversial interview she granted to TELL magazine few weeks ago.

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The Nigerian-British citizen who has come open about her bisexuality is now defending gay rights. She also claims she doesn’t believe in God (an Atheist)

Read what Yemisi said in this tell it all interview:

The very first thing we need to understand is that homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality are all as natural as heterosexuality. Our sexual orientation differs; we are born with an innate ability to be emotionally or sexually attracted or not be sexually or emotionally attracted to same sex or opposite sex. Unfortunately, many African societies do not provide enabling environments to discuss sexual orientation. Sexual orientation does not harm anyone. A person who is attracted to opposite sex does not harm anyone so far it is a consensual adult relationship.

It is absurd when Christian gay bashers gleefully quote Leviticus 18:22 to justify why they want to jail and stone gays. Anyone who wants to quote from Leviticus should at least read the book to make sure they are  not guilty of any of the things condemned in the book. Leviticus also says you should not shave, you should not interact with a woman in her menstrual cycle,  thou shall not eat shrimps or shell fish, Lev. 11:10,11:6-8 thou shall
not touch the skin of a dead pig (therefore touching football without wearing gloves makes you unclean!) So, when Christians throw Leviticus at me, I simply throw Leviticus right back in their face.

My immediate family knows my sexual orientation, my father is late, and my mother is accepting of whom I am and has shown me love and support. To continue to be an important part of my life, you cannot be homophobic, biphobic or transphobic.

My atheism has nothing to do with my biséxuality. Atheism is simply a non-belief in God. My bisexuality is my sexual orientation, no connection. However, I must say, my atheism has helped me to stand up against religious bullies, who use the Bible and the Quran to justify their hate for gays, lesbians, transsexual and bisexuals.

Religion carries a lot of unwarranted weight in Nigeria and Africa generally. This should not be so. In fact, this is one reason the African continent is still very backward. When religion carried so much weight in Europe during middle Ages, it was wrought with wars, jihads, killings and ethnic cleansing.

Many religious Africans now use the ‘holy’ books to justify the oppression of members of their own society. Even when the original owners of the religion inform them that the book has been updated and some parts are no longer applicable, Africans still insist that it is must be applicable because it says so in the book they were given. How pathetic!

Whether Nigerians accept it or not, LGBT rights are recognised human rights. Unless, you can prove that Lesbians, gays, biséxuals and transséxuals are not human beings, well, you have no reason to deny them  their fundamental human rights. Unfortunately many Nigerians believe in the concept of sin. First, we must understand that sin is a religious concept. Not every Nigerian is religious. Your religion is also a personal matter, why drag other people into your personal relationship with Jesus, Mohamed or Obatala?

When I am told that homoséxuality is a sin, I just tell them their religion is not my law. The Bible or Quran is not my constitution, so why is that even coming up?

A Little About Yemisi Ilesanmi

Yemisi Ilesanmi is a Nigerian woman, resident in UK. She holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) degree in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights. She is a trade unionist, human rights activist, an author, a poet and sometimes moonlights as a plus size model. She is a passionate campaigner for equal rights, social justice and poverty alleviation. Her debut book ‘Freedom To Love For ALL: Homosexuality is Not Un-African’ is available in paperback and kindle editions on Amazon. In sometimes, what she thinks as a past life, she was- – National Women leader/Assistant National Secretary, Nigeria Labour Party. – Vice President, International Trade Union Congress – Chairperson, ITUC Youth Committee – International Labour Conference (ILC) Committee Member on Applications of Standards – Founder/President, National Association of Nigerian Female Students. She is the founder and coordinator of the campaign group Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws.


Yemisi Ilesanmi is speaking openly about her sexual orientation probably because she is outside of Nigeria where homosexuality carries 14 years jail term.

25 thoughts on “UK-Based Nigerian Atheist, Bisexual Woman Defends Gay Right; Yemisi Ilesanmi Blasts Christians & Muslims

  1. No wahala, enter Lagos, Abuja or Port Harcourt with that jersey or placard then you go know say hot water de kill tortoise, stupid oluku adhawo girl. God punish you, thunder fire that your useless mouth. Get ready to remain for there forever marry even dog or monkey we no send you…….

  2. I’m a yoruba woman like you and i feel so ashamed.
    u must be a bastard without home training.
    I pity ur mother since u said ur father is no more.
    Yemisi Ilesanmi, ile o san e o…ajo lo san e.
    alai ni ronu agbaya akindani dani.

    I wish u can read my comment and contact me lets have a debate on CNN or channels tv

  3. I wish I can insult u but dere is no amount or method of insult dat well suites u. But for one thing, ur a birth mistake to ur parents, is not ur fault…..I sure knw each tym ur mum look at u and compare u with other female children of her friends, she will regret the dat ur dead father toast her she go make mistake agree for him. well, Satan will oly try to confuse sum. I wish somtin can b done to help u get back d senses dat satan stole frm u, but unfutunately, satan has hided it in his front pocket, no one can retrieve it, without getting cut. Sorrry.

  4. Nigeria don dis-country you….remain there o!!!and no ever come back to naija. Your parents na LGBT na im dem born you? yeye fowl like you.

  5. Dont worry madam i listen to all the trash you say on BEN TV. God may not mean anything to you, His way may not matter to you today but i bet you a day is coming that all you have neglected forsaken and abused will become matter arising.

  6. may the lord have mercy on you , you don’t know what you are saying may the lord forgive you ,repent today before it is too late becos heaven is real and hell is real becos one day you surely die and where will go to think about these and surrender ur life to christ today .God bless

  7. We never see anything yet..we believe that everything from west is superior . We grab their way of life they brought us with both hands. But this one, we say no..we are all big jokes.. Zombies

  8. some girls marry girls abi ?, come nigeria come hold that carton paper wen u hold so, if no be cutlass dem go take design ur body, i live here in one of the western country, i hate this thing you just copied. idiota.

  9. end time, i pity u if u know what is good 4u just wake up from ur dream now b4 the wrath of God desend on u,is not too late our almighty God is a merciful God come to him and u will find peace this is my advice 4u;if u nor come to baba God na u sabi ooooo.

  10. Yemi or whtevr u calld urslf, read levtcus 18:1-end, 19:1-end then go to Gal.6:7. “GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED” ask qustns about these people, Thomas Andrew the builder of Titanic, He said not even God can sink it; now, did titanic sink?, maryline munroe said to Billy Graham dat she dnt need Jesus, Christine Hewitt in june 2006 after she said that the Bible is d worst book ever written, Fredrick Neitzches who said dat God is dead. So yemi ur own na akamu case e no chop beleful.

  11. All u should know is that, we have lots of gays and lesbian in nigeria who are doing it secretly, is not because she is saying her own openly. All these politicians and some of these actresses are gays and lesbians. Pls do not crucify her, she needs help and love. You can’t get her through bullying rather through love, advice and prayers and God will gradually change her mentality.

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