An exceptional demonstration of diaspora strength can be shown when famous Ghanaians in the UK mobilize to openly reject their former homeland.
Several well-known personalities in fashion, movies, and media, including Idris Elba and the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Edward Enninful, have signed an open letter that advocates for the rights of Ghana’s LGBTQ+ population. Naomi Campbell, despite not of Ghanaian descent, signed the letter.
Recent demonstrations by religious and anti-gay activists have prompted the closing of a community center for LGBTQ+ people in a West African region. Police later stormed the center after the departure of its founders.
The petition, signed by 67 well-known actors, politicians, and other prominent people of Ghanaian descent, implored the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, and other political leaders to ensure the LGBTQ+ community was secure.
“We have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the LGBT+ Rights Ghana Centre in Accra, and feared for your personal wellbeing and security. It is unacceptable to us that you feel unsafe,” it said.
“As prominent and powerful advocates for this great country, we are beseeching His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and political/cultural leaders to create a pathway for allyship, protection, and support. We petition for inclusivity which will make the nation even greater and even stronger,” it continued.
High-profile personalities in Ghana have recently called for the closing of the safe space designed for LGBTQ+ people to meet and find help. Many people have experienced online harassment since the capital’s January opening.
discrimination against the group, the organization asserted According to a 2018 Human Rights Watch report, same-sex marriages are scarcely enforced in Ghana. Anti-gay extremists have spread a movement of terror about LGBTQ+ Ghanaians, activists claim.
LGBT+ Rights Ghana founded the community center. An opening ceremony was attended by the Danish ambassador, the Australian high commissioner, and EU representatives, leading to reports that the international community was raising LGBTQ+ rights in Africa.
the recommendation of the Ghanaian Catholic bishops’ conference that the center is shut down was earlier this month.
It urged the government “never to be cowed down or to succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIA in Ghana”.
Roslyn Mould, a board member of LGBT+ Rights Ghana, claims the room is a way to shield LGBTQ+ people from recent violence in Ghana.
“This space or office was made to support a vulnerable community, these persons have been under attack for a long time,” she said. “We would also like this opportunity to thank all the allies who have supported the community throughout this ordeal.”
Ghana’s National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values has in recent weeks ramped up abuse against sexual minorities.
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