The allegations that the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana are under threat have gotten the attentions of prominent entertainers and public figures, Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell, Vogue editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, amongst others.
The respected celebrities and public figures totalling 67 have joined forces together to support Ghana’s LGBTQ+ community by reaching out to the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, and other key political players in the country in an open letter, imploring them to protect the LGBTQ+ community.
The letter read; “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 also added that; “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”.
Gay Rights In Ghana: Idris Elba throws support for the LGBTQ+ community
Idris Elba takes the movement further, he threw support for the LGBTQ+ community on his verified social media account. “Our LGBTQIA+ community in Ghana. We see you, we hear you, we support you!” he wrote on Instagram alongside the copy of the letter.
“I stand with my brothers and sisters , 66 signees , Ghanaians and non Ghanaians in supporting #LGBTQIA and all Human rights for safety ,fairness and EQUALITY FOR ALL, Gay Rights In Ghana. #ghanasupportsequality ❤️🇬🇭 #NAOMIAFRICA”, Naomi Campbell shared on her Instagram page as well.
Within Nigeria gathered that last week a community centre for LGBTQ+ people in the West African country closed its doors after mounting pressure by religious groups and anti-gay organisations against sexual minorities. Police later raided the centre, its staff said, after they forced its leaders into hiding.