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He returned to Nigeria to support these men in court.
Femi says he "became gay" at 14 when he fell in love with the man who raped him, an older man who was close friends with his father.He spent a night in lock up where he says he was "beaten with a stick, hammer and plywood"."There was a hall in the police station premises and they gathered us and stripped us and said we should sleep on the floor."About 70 people were arrested that night, but according to Akin about 30 men were able to pay between and for police to let them out.Bisi Alimi was the first gay man in Nigeria to come out on national television, later seeking asylum in England.Bundled into a cell with hardened criminals, Tunde says he was beaten up by another prisoner, called the President, who was instructed by police to extract confessions."This is when I had no choice … Along with the other men, Tunde pleaded not guilty to the charge in court, but his picture, name and HIV status were taken by local media and splashed across newspapers around the nation."When I came out my mum found out and the people I work with were abusing me saying I'm a girl," he says. Nigeria is an incredibly divided country but Lagos activist Peter Kass says hostility towards gay people was one issue that cut across region and religion.His NGO — Access to Health and Rights Development Initiative — was at the hotel conducting HIV tests for some of the patrons on the night of the arrests.