There are far more gays in Ghana – US Ambassador

There are far more gays in Ghana – US Ambassador

- The US Ambassador, Jackson believes about 10% of people are naturally born gay.

- Mr Jackson says his comments do not in any way suggest the US is forcing Ghana to legalize homosexuality

The United States’ Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson has disclosed that despite the stiff opposition faced by homosexuals, there are far more gays in Ghana than Ghanaians can imagine.

According to the diplomat, Ghanaians must not discriminate and chastise people base on their sexuality.

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Speaking exclusively to GhanaWeb in an interview, Ambassador Jackson stressed that statistics have proved that about 10% of people are naturally born gay.

“I believe that everyone should enjoy the same human rights and personally I believe that people are either born heterosexual or homosexual. It’s not a lifestyle choice,” he said.

The issue of homosexuality and its legalization in the Ghana has been a huge subject of debate with some minority groups pushing for gay rights.

The President of the Republic, Akufo-Addo had without making any definite pronouncement on issues of gay during an interview with Qatar-based Al Jazeera last year reiterated that any possible change will only come after a strong concerted push for gay rights from some sections of the public.

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But the US Ambassador believes Ghanaians are not privy to the large number of members of the gay community. Mr Jackson explained that due to stereotypes and victimization, people are unable to openly admit to being gay.

“I think there are far more gays in Ghana than Ghanaians realize but because of societal attitudes they keep their sexuality very private. I don’t think it's myopic, I think it reflects a lack of understanding of the science...I think that many of those Ghanaians if they study the issue they might come to a different conclusion," the diplomat said.

The US Ambassador in his conversation added that his comments do not in any way suggest that the United States is forcing any particular country to legalize homosexuality.

“The United States is not asking anyone to change their religious beliefs or to legalize homosexuality. We are asking that all people be treated the same – that they have the same human rights and the right to privacy," he said.

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