A Ghanaian journalist has revealed he is gay, and an activist for the LGBTQI community.
Speaking in an interview, Ignatius Annor disclosed that he had kept his sexual preferences to himself because he didn’t want to lose his job.
“This is going to be the very first time that I am using your medium to say that not only am I an activist for the rights of Africa’s sexual minorities, what you will call the LGBTQI community but I am gay,” stated Annor on the PM Express on Joy News.
“Obviously, I denied it because I was afraid of losing my job, I was working at an incredible Television station in Accra and also for the fear of what would happen to me personally.”
The past few weeks has seen debates about the Ghanaian LGBTQI community following the opening of an office in Accra by the group.
It has brought up both arguments for and against by organisations, and individuals. Some have called for the office to be closed, and a law to fight the community.
“It doesn’t feel like I am a human being who deserves the right to employment, the right to education, and normally the basic rights to be able to walk, drive around to wherever that I want to go to in Ghana as an openly gay man, it doesn’t feel okay, it feels dehumanized and awful,” shared Annor.
He mentioned during the interview that his mother believes the LGBTQI community are “demonic” because of “what has repeatedly been fed into the mind and ultimately the hearts of people.”
“Those laws [that exists currently] could be scrap out of the books of the Republic of Ghana so that people like myself who have life, who work, and contributes to the socio-economic fibre of Republic of Ghana can be accepted as human beings deserving of respect, kindness and dignity,” remarked Annor about calls to imprison members of the LGBTQI community because of their decision.