The “Power of Pride Project” conducted by the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH) focused on assessing the needs and challenges faced by lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, and intersex (LBQTI) individuals in the South-south region of Nigeria. The project aimed to gather comprehensive data to inform the development of targeted programs and services that cater to the unique needs of LBQTI people and improve their overall well-being.

Through surveys, focus group discussions, and developing a policy brief, the project identified key findings, including the prevalence of discrimination and harassment faced by LBQTI individuals in areas like employment and housing. The research also highlighted the need for more visible and accessible LBQTI-specific resources and support services and the interest in educational and community-building events within the LBQ community.

Based on the findings, recommendations were made to prioritize areas such as providing targeted support services to address discrimination and harassment, offering educational and community-building events to promote visibility and connection, and developing a mentoring program to foster community support and allyship.

The project also conducted training sessions for the IGE-SRH staff to enhance their project handling, management, and financial management skills. The Power of Pride Nigeria Partner’s meeting also brought together partners and donors to discuss ongoing and future activities under the Power of Pride Program.

Overall, the “Power of Pride Project” showcases IGE-SRH’s commitment to advocating for the rights of LBQTI individuals and addressing the challenges they face in Nigeria. By assessing their needs, providing context to their lived experiences, and fostering partnerships, the project contributes to creating a more inclusive and equitable society for LBQTI people, promoting their well-being and ensuring their voices are heard.