The issue of homosexual rights has headlined public debate for sometime now in Ghana. A lot of voices and ink have contributed to this serious conversation. But one does not have to look far to see that most Ghanaians are against any form of legal backing to homosexuals. The minority view is quite scattered. However among the minority are some famous people in Ghana.
Here a list of 5 celebrities who have expressed support for homosexual rights:
1. Wanlov da Kuborlor
Perhaps not many will be surprised by his name. Originally named Emannuel Owusu-Bonsu, the musician and actor has a knack for dissenting views and outlook on life.
Wanlov has never hidden his support of homosexual rights and if you are follower on Twitter, you are sure to have caught that. He has expressed his opinion in interviews with both local and foreign media too.
2. Lydia Forson
The outspoken actress and social activist is not one to be shut down. Lydia Forson has a healthy record of challenging people in political power and behind the pulpit.
Forson is a third-wave feminist who hopes that the equality she seeks for women would come for all genders. This means that she is willing to support laws that guarantee people's right to determine who they want to be.
3. Deborah Vanessa
Like brother, like sister. Vanessa is sister to Wanlov. She is affectionately called in showbiz circles, Sister Derby. She is a proud supporter of art and people who fall outside the mainstream.
She herself enjoys (or endures) a love-hate relationship with Ghanaian showbiz watchers. This is because of her sense of need to challenge tradition. She has expressed implicitly in tweets that she is open to LGBT rights for Ghanaians.
Born Cyril-Alex Gockel, the rapper and entrepreneur is also a social activist. He has recorded songs that aim at discussing corruption and hypocrisy of religion in Ghana.
Just like Wanlov, C-Real has spoken of his support for gay rights with both local and international media. Although he does not believe he will see some legal backing in his lifetime, C-Real believes gay rights should be viewed as human rights.
5. Nana Ama Asante
Perhaps not your everyday celebrity but Ms Asante is a popular voice on radio. The Citi FM journalist is known as a avowed feminist who loves to take on perceived misogynists.
Nana Ama is not very different from Lydia Forson in the way she sees homosexual rights. For her, the liberation women are looking for is tied into the liberation of other people society does not protect. And this includes gay people.
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