Ghanaian rapper Okyeame Kwame has asked Ghanaians to desist from trampling on the rights of the LGBTQ+ community as they were also Ghanaians and protected by the constitution.
According to the award-winning rapper, it is wrong to physically and verbally abuse such people especially, the recent action by charlatans who public shame them through the dissemination of videos and photos capturing private moments of LGBTQ+ individuals.
“I think that it’s completely wrong to beat LGBTQ people because you find two men kissing somewhere and you take cameras and video them, and put them on social media for shaming,” the artist said.
He made these reservations on Asaase 99.5 when he appeared as a guest on Thursday, June, 15, 2023.
The ‘Best Rapper Alive’ underscored the need for the nation to engage in a dialogue and make a collective decision on accepting LGBTQ+ rights as part of Ghanaian culture.
He stressed that resorting to violence is never an acceptable response, whether it is towards LGBTQ+ individuals or any other group.
“But the issue of whether it should be accepted into our culture or not, I think the nation must decide,” Okyeame Kwame told the show host. “But it is completely wrong to beat a dog, cow, your child, a thief, LGBTQ … it is violence.
“Based on my concept of love, I see that they [LGBTQ people] are suffering a lot and we should cut them slack when it comes to those silly things we do to them,” he said.
The rapper’s remarks have sparked a heated discussion about the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Ghana amidst the anti-gay bill which is currently before parliament.