World-renowned actor Idris Elba, a British star with Ghanaian origins, has called for Ghanaians to stop violence and intolerance against the LGBTQ community and instead accept them into our hearts.
According to Elba, accepting the rights of this marginalized community would make Ghana a far greater and stronger nation!
Elba added his name to 67 UK celebrities with Ghanaian roots as they wrote a letter expressing solidarity with Ghana’s LGBT community.
“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,” the letter 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 added.
Celebs who signed the letter include Elba, supermodel Naomi Campbell and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.
LGBT people still face violence in Ghana over their s*xual orientation, especially after the government recently validated homophobic public opinion by closing the LGBT office in Accra.
Religious leaders, politicians and other prominent public figures have all subtly encouraged attacks on the LGBT community with strong words calling their s*xual orientation demonic, ungodly, unnatural and many other inciting rhetoric.