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Ghanaian journalist comes out as gay on live TV

Rachel Badham February 25, 2021

Ignatius Annor

On Feburary 22, Euronews reporter, Ignatius Annor from Ghana, came out as gay on live TV, and shared a message of solidarity with the country’s LGBTQ+ community, which regularly faces discrimination and persecution. Annor appeared in a segment on Joy News about LGBTQ+ rights in Ghana, after the country’s first LGBTQ+ community hub opened, sparking backlash from far-right and religious groups, which argued LGBTQ+ Ghanaians do not have rights according to the country’s legislation. 

In response to the situation, Annor said: “This is going to be the very first time that I am using your medium to say that not only am I an activist for the rights of Africa’s sexual minorities, what you will call the LGBTQ+ community, but I am gay.” He continued to say that he hid his sexuality through fear of losing his job, and said it is vital for LGBTQ+ Ghanaians to have a safe space such as the new community hub. 

He urged Ghanaian citizens to support the LGBTQ+ community instead of dehumanising queer people: “What my community is asking for is the opportunity to love like all humanity loves, particularly in the case of Ghana heterosexuals. It doesn’t feel like I am a human being who deserves the right to employment, the right to education, and normally the basic rights to be able to walk, drive around to wherever that I want to go to in Ghana as an openly gay man.”