’I’m gay’ – A Journalist Opens Up

A journalist of Euro news, Ignatius Annor, has conceded that he is a gay and has throughout the long term denied his sexuality whenever he is faced with it.

As per him, he denied being gay as a result of the dread of losing his work.

Conceding that the issue of homosexuality is exceptionally questionable, Annor said, a few people who have seen him through the perspective of being a gay and his ensuing refusal may consider his to be as conflicting.

On Joy News PM Express show, he said: “before, “in the past, I had denied the fact that I was gay. I did that because of the fear of losing my career.

“At the time, I practised Broadcast Journalism in Ghana for a number of years and being on TV and being ousted brought a lot of pain to my life.”

“This is going to be the very first time, using your medium, to say that not only am I an activist for the rights of African Sexual Minorities [LGBTQ+] but I am gay; it is the truth that I have accepted, it is the truth that I will live by.”

The former Metro TV journalist added: “because I was ousted as a gay person and obviously, I denied because I was afraid of losing my job and also for the fear of what would happen to me personally.”

Ignatius Annor further expressed that it doesn’t feel OK for anyone to concede that he is gay and walk uninhibitedly in Ghana or approach business or other social conveniences which are “dehumanizing and dreadful”.

He clarified further that individuals who have a place with the African Sexual Minorities bunch need to live in the country as some other hetero people live with no shame.

I want Ghanaians to have an honest conversation about people who live in your family, people who are your brothers and sisters and see that these are human beings that deserve to have the very life you have and… to be free and go about their normal activity.”

At the point when gotten some information about his confirmation of being gay, Ignatius Annor reacted that when he returned from the UK to Ghana in 2017, he wanted to tell his family that he was gay yet he considered addressing his mother first since “she is my only surviving parent”.

He narrated: “She looked me in the eye and said to me just because, according to her, at the time that she was listening to a preacher on the radio talking about how demonic it is to be a man and have love for your fellow man or be a woman and have love for your fellow woman and so, she was going to pray to cast out that demon away from me.”

He added that To hear that from his mother was excruciating yet he comprehended where she was coming from.

“That was not her idea; it was what [had] been repeatedly fed into the minds of people. So, my mom, three years ago was not accepting of it. I remember the following day, she came to say, ‘I have not been able to sleep because of what you told me’ and I could feel her pain because she thought I was going to put my life in danger for what others are facing particularly being a TV person and being suspected of being gay and not openly saying it.

I remember telling her she should forget I said that to her. I said that so that she could have the peace that she needs but at 32 years old today, I have lived a life of lies; I have lived a double life and no human being deserves to do that and to have accepted that truth and live the freedom that I live today, I am a very content person today.”

Tahiru Lukman

Author; Tahiru Lukman (CEO of Ideapath consult) Youth Activist, Dev’t Consultant & Pan- African Author Email: lukmantahiru@rocketmail.com Tel: 0209154057 / 0551018778

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