“Accept Every Human Being Irrespective Of Their Sexuality” – Actress Ashionye Michelle Raccah Advises Nigerians
Actress and singer, Ashionye Michelle Raccah in conversation with QedTV speaks about homosexuality and Nigerians’ attitude to homosexuals.
This was during the premiere of Funmi Iyanda’s new movie, Walking With Shadows, a movie about a married man whose wife found out he’s gay.
The actress said that homosexuality is not a disease and Nigerians need to end discrimination against homosexuals.
“It’s high time we began to accept every human being irrespective of their sexuality. I’m a human being whether I am straight or gay. It’s high time we began to realise that we are basically just one and we shouldn’t judge. I know we have this 14 year sentencing in Nigeria but then again you can’t change a person whoever he or she is,” she said.
“Some people say being gay is made, you become gay. I don’t believe that. I believe someone who is gay is born that way, that’s who the person is, and it is not a disease. It is not something to be afraid of. It is not something to judge” she added.
She also disclosed she has family and friends who are homosexuals and she loves them.
“If you are born straight, that’s who you are. If I am born lesbian, that’s who I am. I did not become lesbian. Like I said, it’s not a disease. I have people close to me, family and close friends, who are actually homosexual men and queer women and I absolutely love them. To be honest, I have a lot of male friends who are actually homosexuals and they give the best advice. They love me for who I am and I absolutely love them for who they are”.
Speaking about Nigeria’s 14 year jail penalty for any homosexual caught in the act, she said;
”Why should we judge people for who they are? Why should we crucify people for who they are. Like I said, it’s not a disease. It is not a crime. If a man or woman is being judged for being queer or being gay, then why am I not being judged for being straight?”
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