A British-Ghanaian actor, Ama K. Abebrese has taken to her Facebook page to justify the defense she recently put up for the LGBTQI members in Ghana, saying that she doesn’t expect everyone to agree with her on such controversial matters of that nature.
According to her, started a campaign sometime ago against skin bleaching because she wanted to send a strong message to people that it was good to be natural without trying to change what God has blessed you with.
“Years ago, I started an anti skin bleaching campaign because I realised some held the notion that black skin is ugly; the campaign was to encourage loving one’s natural skin, whether dark or light skinned. Many people online supported it ooohh my goodness. Some people insulted me”, she wrote.
“This week, I saw a lot comments and threats online against homosexuals and lesbians in Ghana that shocked me. It dawned on me that I didn’t realise the fear they must go through. I wrote that although I didn’t fully understand their plight, that they deserve their human rights. Ahhh… you’ve guessed me; some people insulted me”, the unrepentant LGBTQI defender added.
According to her, she has spoken against many actions against some persons in the society, and this will not be first, but, there have always been people who are for or against her decision, and that does not change what she believes in.
“Anyone that know me, knows that I use my platform to highlight different issues. I have publicly campaigned against rape, and some people insulted. I campaign against child sexual abuse; some of the horror stories that I have heard often keep me up at night. Children as young a 6 years, raped by grown men. Some people insulted me. When I saw adults online make comments that they want to ‘chop’ children. I called them out, and those that felt that there is nothing wrong with making jokes about raping children came at me. Some people insulted me”, the visibly troubled Ama reminded.
In defending homosexuals in the country, Ama K Abebrese took to her Facebook page to share her thoughts on the issue saying, “I cannot pretend I know the fear that homosexuals and lesbians living in Ghana feel; the laws of Ghana criminalize homosexuality. The customs, many religions, and the culture frown upon it.”
“I can not judge them, for on the day of judgment we will ALL be judged. Just because I may not fully understand what they go through doesn’t mean that they do not deserve basic human rights. I aim to be more understanding of their plight. I think that more dialogue has to continue on the matter”, she added.
Ghana’s minister-designate for gender, children and social protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, said last week during her vetting that “the issue of the criminality of LGBT is non-negotiable and our cultural practices also frown on it”.
Section 104 uniquely distinguishes between non-consensual and consensual sexual intercourse in “an unnatural manner” – the former being a ‘first degree felony’ and the latter a ‘misdemeanour’.
Under the Criminal Procedure Code, misdemeanour offences carry a penalty of up to three years imprisonment. The law is only applicable to sexual intercourse between men.
So far, religious, traditional and some civil society organizations including individuals have spoken against the establishment of LGBTQI office in Ghana with a call on the president to close down the office which has since been locked up.