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My heart started to beat super fast, my body trembled; ‘I can no longer visit my family’ - Ghanaian gay journalist reacts to Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

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Ignatius Annor

2 months ago
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Former Metro TV newscaster who is now openly gay in the United States, Ignatius Annor says he was bewildered about the passages of the anti-Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender Bill by Ghana's parliament.

“Wednesday, February 28. I had finished producing a video story for socials and saw the news of Ghana's passage of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill online. My heart started to beat super fast, and my body began to tremble.” He narrates in a post on social media.

Ignatius Annor further said it is terrifying knowing he can no longer be welcome in his country of birth as a gay person but will continue to “live in truth”.

“Most personal to me is the lost opportunity to visit my family, Here's what I know, living in truth is the most powerful tool one has." He noted.

Even though the law has not yet been approved by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Ignatius Annor said he is personally frustrated and worried bout the entire same-sex community back home.

Read his full post below:

Wednesday, February 28. I had finished producing a video story for socials and saw the news of Ghana's passage of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill online. My heart started to beat super fast, and my body began to tremble.

It was four hours into my shift, and now I couldn't focus. I felt my eyes beginning to well up while working on this breaking news. I picked up my sunglasses and put them on. I hurried into the boss' office after wiping the parts my glasses couldn't hide.

I requested to take the rest of the day off, citing personal reasons. Kate, Hayde, thank you for holding me in my most vulnerable state. In that moment, I felt the pain of every Ghanaian yearning to be themselves in truth.

And, most personal to me is the lost opportunity to visit my family. Here's what I know, living in truth is the most powerful tool one has. Leah, Deirdre, Marine, and Todd, I thank you for the outpouring of love and support. They meant so much to me.

Ignatius Annor days in Ghana 

source: Theannouncergh.com