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'A Nasty Boy' Creator, Richard Akuson, Opens Up About Homophobic Attack that Led Him to Flee Nigeria

The creator of the gender-nonconforming magazine says the incident brought him "even closer to the harsh realities of LGBTQ + people in Nigeria and across the world."

When the Nigerian lawyer, journalist and publisher Richard Akuson decided to create the gender-nonconforming magazine A Nasty Boy in 2017, he knew he'd be taking a risk in a country where toxic masculinity is rampant and homosexuality is punishable by law. He did it anyway.

To him the stories of people and ideas that challenged rigid notions of gender and sexuality were too important to go untold—especially in Nigeria.

The very dangerous threat of homophobia that the publisher sought to challenge with A Nasty Boy, reared its ugly head last year in Nigeria when Akuson was ambushed and beaten in a targeted attack that he claims was in response to his work. This led him to flee the country for the United States where Akuson feels safer.

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These 5 Nigerian Creatives Share How They Use Gender Fluid Styles to Express Themselves

These creatives use fashion to shake up and question the traditions and gender norms that permeate Nigeria.

In America, gender fluidity has moved through fashion into the culture at large. Designers like Eckhaus Latta and Jeremy Scott have proven that the trend is now part of our day-to-day choices. We caught up with five Nigerian creatives—a photographer, blogger, musician, fashion brand, and journalist who are standing together against the oppressive nature of Nigerian culture to learn how they're using their creativity to express gender fluidity.

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