013: What it Means to be LGBTQIA+ and African – with The Solar-Wilsons (Part 1)

In honor of Pride Month, members of the LGBTQIA+ community dust off their rainbow flags and douse themselves in glitter with parades, festivals, and concerts across the globe but not in our African Countries and communities where the LGBTQIA+ community is extremely marginalized, criminalized, and discriminated against on the daily basis.

In this Episode 13 {Part 1}, we had a very impactful conversion with The Solar Wilsons (the first Nigerian born-out legally married lesbian couple in the US) as we spark uncomfortable, but very necessary, conversations that challenge how we treat the LGBTQIA+ in the African community.

[00:01 – 02:35] Opening Segment

  • Introduction of guest and topic

[02:36 – 21:30] The Wilsons’s Story

  • The Wilson’s share their story – on discovering their sexuality as lesbians.
  • How they came out to the world.
  • The loss of friends and family relations.
  • The support of some family members.
  • The welcoming support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

[21:30 – 43:40] The Love Story & Wedding

  • How they met and fell in love 
  • The Viral Wedding that took over the internet in Nigeria
  • How they overcame the attacks, betrayals, and abuse.
  • How the Church treats the LGBTQIA+ community.

Tweetable Quotes:

“What I found out is that 80% of the 10% of Africans who are LGBTQIA+ are actually in the closet and most of them are actually married to the opposite gender.” – The Wilsons

“We’re Christian LGBQTIA+ people but when we came out, we were church shopping because every church you go to, you’re met with a different kind of hatred.” – The Wilsons

Contact The Wilsons:

The Solar-Wilson Village: https://www.solar-wilsonvillage.com/

The Wilsons Email – africanlgbtq@gmail.com

Moji Solar-Wilson on Social Media:

Instagram – @mojisworld1

Facebook – Moji Solar-Wilson

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