Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Nigeria's first gay church, the House of Rainbow, has celebrated its 10th anniversary in London.

The church was founded by Jide Macaulay, Nigeria's first openly gay pastor on September 2, 2006.

Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Over 60 people attended the event which was held on the theme "Testimony, Grace and Glory".

Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Jide Macaulay said that in 10 years, the church had gone from being a "rejected stone" to being a "cornerstone".

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Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

He said the church had created safe spaces for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer people to worship, and celebrate God.

"In this new decade we are proud to announce the growth of our mission; Eight leaders in Nigeria, three in Ghana, two in South Africa, two in Uganda, two in Zambia, one each in Botswana, Liberia, Tanzania, Malawi, Sweden and United Kingdom respectively," he said.

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Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Over 30 people attended the first ever meeting of the church in Lagos in 2006.

Last week, YEN reported about Idris Okuneye, a gay man in Nigeria, who is living his gay life in the open, despite the country’s general intolerance for homosexuality.

Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Nicknamed ‘Nigeria’s Male Barbie,’ Idris displays his lifestyle freely and confidently on social media and is proud to admit his affairs with men.

Photos: Nigeria's first gay church celebrates 10th anniversary

Learn more about him: See how Nigeria's openly gay man is living lavishly (photos)

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