A-list celebs; actor Idris Elba and supermodel Naomi Campbell have both joined voices in condemnation of Ghana’s stance on gay rights.
The pair were among a litany of popular signatories of an open letter condemning Ghana’s stance on gay rights after local authorities shut down the office of an LGBT rights group in the capital Accra following pressure from politicians and religious leaders.
In the letter published on Monday, which was backed by 67 celebrities and politicians, many of them British-Ghanaian, the signatories said they were disturbed by the developments as they addressed LGBT campaigners in the West African country.
“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,” the letter said.
“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,” the letter added.