An LGBT advocate and HIV activist, Adebisi Alimi was the first person to ever come out as gay on Nigerian television. After an attempt on his life in 2007, he fled to the UK where he was granted political asylum. Before he left, he founded The Independent Project for Equal Rights-Nigeria, where he served as Executive Director and pioneered several Nigerian LGBT youth initiatives. His development work focuses on promoting human rights for gay African men and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Mr. Alimi is an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.