A group of high-profile personalities are expressing their support for the LGBTQAI community in Ghana.
The support follows the past few weeks of the community coming under attack from a cross-section of Ghanaians and religious bodies.
On February 24, 2021, the office of the community was closed by Ghanaian security officers.
The signees of the letter include Idris Elba, Michaela Coel, Bozoma Saint John, Ozwald Boateng, Naomi Campbell, Yvonne Orji, Amma Asante, Clara Amfo and Vic Mensa.
They are calling on His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana to “reach out and engaged in meaningful and purposeful dialogue with the LGBTQAI community leaders to create a pathway for ally ship, protection and support.”
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To our Ghanaian LGBTQIA+ family:
We see you and we hear you. We are in awe of your strength, your bravery and your audacity to be true to who you are even when it is dangerous to do so. You are loved, you are important and you deserve a safe place to gather in your shared experience.
In recent weeks we have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the “LGBT+ Rights Ghana” center in Accra, and feared for your personal wellbeing and security. It is unacceptable to us that you feel unsafe. Even though at present you might be feeling alone and cornered, we want to assure you that we are here. We are watching and listening and we will use our collective power to shield you and raise you up.
Neither the raid on February 24, nor any other acts of intimidation have the power to break your indomitable spirits. It only emboldens all of us to act with more urgency and intention.
We, your allies, friends and fellow Ghanaians, Africans and diasporans, are deeply disturbed by threats to your community. And we are encouraging all who support you to let their voices be heard now.
As prominent and powerful advocates for this great country, we are beseeching His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and political/cultural leaders to reach out and engage in a meaningful and purposeful dialogue with the LGBTQIA+ community leaders to create a pathway for allyship, protection and support. We petition for inclusivity which will make the nation even greater and even stronger.
All of us have a special place in our hearts for Ghana, and we firmly believe in the best of it and for it. Ghana is a welcoming smile, a proud country of friendship, a nation of cultural integrity and a caring gateway, but above all, Ghana is the definition of Akwaaba. Let us ensure that we live up to its fullest meaning for all.