A measure to outlaw cross-dressing is being debated in the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, the proposed proposal to alter the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013 had its first reading in the lower parliamentary chamber.
Muda Lawal, a politician from Bauchi state’s Toro federal constituency, is the bill’s sponsor.
The bill proposes to amend section 4 of the existing act by adding two additional sub-clauses.
“(1) Cross-dressing is prohibited whether done privately or publicly; (2) A person shall be deemed to have committed the offence publicly where it is published or displayed publicly notwithstanding that it was committed privately or in any place that would ordinarily be described as private,” the new subclauses read.
The rules “must not apply to cross-dressing in the conduct of a stage play or in other bona fide public entertainment,” according to the proposed modification.
The bill’s section 5 further recommends penalties for anyone who violates the aforementioned additional sections.
“A person who engages in cross-dressing commits an infraction and is liable to a six-month jail sentence or a fine of five hundred thousand naira,” the law states.
Cross-dressing is defined in the law as “the practice of dressing in garments normally worn by a person of the opposite sex.”
This means that if the bill becomes law, Bobrisky, whose true name is Idris Okuneye, and James Brown, both Nigerian cross-dressers, may face up to six months in prison if they keep doing what they’re doing now.