“I am a gay” a Popular Ghanaian journalist has revealed during an interview on zoom with JoyNews.
According to Ignatius Annor, a journalist with Euro News he had to keep it a secret for 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 sexual 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.
Ignatius Annor further stated that it does not feel okay for anybody to admit that he is gay and walk freely in Ghana or have access to employment or other social amenities which are “dehumanising and awful”.
Prior to this US President Joe Biden has threatened to sanction countries that are yet to legalize LGBTQI.
A memo from Joe Biden read: “When foreign governments move to restrict the rights of LGBTQI+ persons or fail to enforce legal protections in place, thereby contributing to a climate of intolerance, agencies engaged abroad shall consider appropriate responses, including using the full range of diplomatic and assistance tools and, as appropriate, financial sanctions, visa restrictions, and other actions.”
“All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love.”
“The United States belongs at the forefront of this struggle – speaking out and standing strong for our most dearly held values.”