Celebrated global actor Idris Elba, has called for Ghanaians has entreated Ghanaians to accept the LGBTQ+ community and stop the violence and intolerance against the members of the 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.
The group expressed concern over the treatment of gays in Ghana, especially the recent closure of the LGBT+ office in Accra closure.
A part of their statement reads;
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
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,
Aside from Idris Elba, supermodel Naomi Campbell and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful were all part of the 67 UK celebrities with Ghanaian roots to call for the legalization of LGBTQ+ rights in the country.