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Bill to outlaw crossdressing

The Nigerian House of Representatives is debating a bill that would outlaw cross-dressing.

Muda Umar, a lawmaker, sponsored the measure, which passed first reading on Tuesday.

Despite the fact that the bill’s goals would not be considered until the second reading, our reporter was able to secure a copy of the proposal shortly after it was introduced.

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‘A Bill for an Act to Amend Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013 to Prohibit Cross Dressing; and for Related Matters,’ according to the bill.

The bill proposes to add a new Sub-clause 3 to Section 4 of the Act, which says, “(1) Cross-dressing, whether done publicly, is prohibited.”

“(2) A person is deemed to have committed the offence publicly if it is published or displayed publicly, even if it was committed privately or in a location that would normally be described as private.”

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“Provided, however, that cross dressing in the course of a stage play or in any bona fide public entertainment shall not be subject to this section of this Act.”

The bill also proposes to add a new Sub-clause 4 to Section 5 of the Act, which states, “A person engaged in cross dressing is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for six (6) months or a fine of N500,000.”

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