Reps debate a bill that would outlaw cross-dressing in Nigeria and jail offenders for six months.

Umar Muda, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, has introduced legislation to make cross-dressing illegal in the country.

The bill, which was read aloud on the House floor on Tuesday, April 5, seeks to outlaw cross-dressing while exempting those who do it for entertainment.

Cross-dressers will be sentenced to 6 months in prison if the proposed law is passed.

“Anyone who engages in cross-dressing commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for six months or a fine of five hundred thousand naira,” the bill states.

The bill seeks to amend the 2013 Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act by including cross-dressing as one of the offenses under the act.

Recall that same-sex couples and gay persons face 14 years in jail if convicted by a court.
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