Popular film and fashion icons in America and Europe have mounted pressure on President Akufo-Addo to support LGBTQ+ community.
In an open letter by 67 celebrities including Idris Elba, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Edward Enninful and English model and actress Naomi Campbell, they expressed their displeasure over the closure of the LGBTQ+ community which was recently opened in Accra.
Last Saturday during the installation of the 2nd Archbishop of the Anglican Church at St Michael and All Angels Cathedral at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region, President Akufo-Addo stressed that same-sex marriage will never be lagalised under his watch.
“I have said it before, and let me stress it again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 67 celebrities comprising politicians and other influential people largely from the Ghanaian heritage have spoken against it.
According to them they were deeply disturbed by the closure of the LGBTQ+ office and therefore called on President Akufo-Addo and other political leaders to give protection and support to the LGBTQ+ community, the Guardian reported.
“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.
“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,” parts of the letter read.
Read the letter below: