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LGBT refugee attempts retro-walking record to raise awareness of homophobia

Joel Mordi aims to walk 15,000km backwards over the next year.


Joel Mordi hopes to set a world record by walking 15,000km backwards to raise awareness of the homophobia faced by people around the world (Joel Mordi/PA)


An LGBT+ refugee based in London who organised Nigeria’s first Pride march hopes to set a world record by walking 15,000km backwards to raise awareness of the homophobia faced by people around the world.

Joel Mordi, 26, told the PA news agency he will be undertaking the challenge over the next year in different locations across the UK and will hold a flag of a different country during each walk so “every country flag will be represented”.

His challenge, known as retro-walking, is “very metaphorical” as he aims to highlight “backwards” opinions held against LGBT+ people, he said.


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