It’s a free world, isn’t it? Issues of human rights and its subsequent abuse are often put in a general context. But I believe that it is way better if it is treated with the culture of a nation in mind. More so, issues of human rights abuse must also be put in tandem with the laws of nature. The point?
Prior to colonization, does it mean that Ghana was filled with people who engaged in only primitive acts such as Female Genital Mutilation, the Trokosi System and so on? Does it mean that our ancestors didn’t have any good cultural practices which are worth emulating?
Now, here’s the bigger problem. After 62 years of gaining independence from its colonial masters, Ghana is still stuck on them. Self-reliance has become a theoretical context but the thing is, you cannot enjoy your freedom when a large chunk of the things which are supposed to make you independent are given to you by your former colonial masters.
The result of colonization and neo-colonization has been disturbing. Our culture has been thrown to the dogs while we have embraced the culture of the Western World. One of such cultures is homosexuality. It has not been accepted entirely in Ghana, but a lot of people are practising it, and there’s this fear that following the pressure from the Western world, sooner rather than later, homosexuality will be legalized in Ghana.
It’s their life. They have their right, but a basic feature of the law is legal paternalism. It is that feature which protects us from causing harm even to ourselves. It is this feature of the law which has ensured that suicide is a crime. One may ask; how does being gay affect the practitioner negatively?
Question; Assuming that the first created humans were homosexuals, how will the rest of us have being birthed? Can any gay answer? Another question; Does anal sex pose any danger to the body? One of the major dangers of anal sex is faecal incontinence, a situation whereby one is unable to control his egestion, that’s why they wear pampers.
In the Western world, some celebrities have boldly declared that they are homosexuals. These include; Jane Lynch, Zachary Quinto, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Robin Roberts (anchor of Good Morning America), Jim Parsons, Raven-Symone, Guillermo Diaz, Maria Bello, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cynthia Nixon, Kristen Stewart, Holland Taylor, Adam Lambert, Sara Gilbert and Cheyenne Jackson.
Others are Colton Haynes, Ellen Page, Ben Wishaw, Wanda Sykes, Wentworth Miller (of Prison Break fame), Rosie O’Donnell, Portia De Rossi, Ricky Martin, Lily Tomlin, Sam Smith, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Laverne Cox, Meredith Baxter, Barry Manilow, Armandla Stenberg, Darren Young, Daniela Vega, George Takei, Ezra Miller, Julian Michaels, Ian McKellen, Sean Hayes, Taylor Schilling, Nikki Blonsky, Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae, Sarah Paulson, Billy Eichner, Alia Shawkat, Kate McKinnon, Titus Burgess, Wilson Cruz and so many others.
The top celebrities who are homosexuals include; Elton John, Leonardo di Caprio, Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini, Vin Diesel, Jennifer Lawrence and Zoe Kravitz, Rob Kardashian, Emma Stone and Shailene Woodley, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell as well as Terrence Howard.
Presently, Ghana has not subscribed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) being sold to us by the Western World. But it is a matter of when we’ll take the LGBT on board, not if. And those rainbow-coloured dresses which have recently become a fashion trend is actually the colours which have been adopted by the LGBT community to help them in the fight to make their acts legal all over the world.
In Ghana, because of cultural restraints, those who belong to the LGBT Community do not really speak up because they fear to be marginalized. However, there are others who have not shied away from declaring their status as homosexuals.
Some celebrities have also defended gay rights and have countlessly advocated for the rights of the LGBT community to be respected. It is unclear whether they are also homosexuals. The likes of Lydia Forson, Deborah Vanessa (Sister Debby), Wanlov da Kuborlor, Cyril-Alex Gockel (C-Real) and CITI FM’s Nana Ama Asante.
Ghanaians who have openly declared their stand as gays include;
Panji Anof: Panji Anof, a central figure in the development of Ghanaian music. He is the CEO of Pidgen Music. He has worked with artistes such as; Kofi Ghanaba, Mac Tontoh, Reggie Rockstone, King Ayisoba as well as Yaa Pono.
Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah: Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah (DKD), the son of ace broadcaster, Kwasi Kyei-Darkwah (KKD). DKD is a model, a stylist and an art director.
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