A Ghanaian journalist and LGBTQI+ activist has come out as gay for the first time.
According to Ignatius Annor, he had kept this to himself because of fear of losing his job and the stigma that it could generate.
“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 s3xual minorities, what you will call the LGBTQI community, but I am gay.
“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,” Mr Annor said on JoyNews via Zoom.
Speaking on PM: Express Monday, the pro LGBTQI+ activist said members of his community are unhappy “because you are not allowed to openly say who you are.”
“What my community is asking for is the opportunity love like all humanity loves, particularly in the case of Ghana heterosexuals,” he told Ayisha Ibrahim.
There has been widespread debate following the opening of an Accra office by the group in Ghana.
It has since triggered the resurfacing of concerns over activities of the community with calls from a cross-section of Ghanaians including the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) to have the group’s activities stopped.
But according to Mr Annor, that would be a breach of their human rights.