The Most Supportive is a youth-led NGO that advocates for human rights of sex workers. We program for GBTQ ( Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) sex workers and their sexual partners living in Lagos, Nigeria. Although we aim to program for LGBTQ spectrum of individuals who transact sex in the possible future.
TMS constitutes four advisory boards of trustees which include two queer sex workers, a gay man, and one female sex worker. The Management staff also includes 80% of sex workers. TMS also employs sex workers as consultants, trainers, instructors, and artisans for any of its programs or community-led outreaches.
For gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who transact sex, they experience multi-layered issues stemming from the moralist perception held by the society and the law against sex work and unconventional sexual expression. In 2014, the federal government passed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law, effectively criminalising sexual relations between people of the same sex.Another challenge is the existing societal perceptions which has translated into acts by the state and non state actors against sex workers and also been codified into laws that impinge their fundamental human rights.
Human rights.Providing Health, and SRHR needsStrenghtening the leadership and involvement of sex workers in decision making processes on local and national levelsAdvocate for the removal of laws and activities that criminalize sex work in NigeriaProviding life skills training e.g assertiveness, negotiation skills, and decision-making skills.