A Ghanaian website has published a scandalous article which implies that the Vice-President of Ghana (Amissah-Arthur) is gay and very active, even to the point of attending LGBT meetings and assuring the gay community that their issues will be addressed once he assumed office.
First of all, I’ve even never heard of the Ghana Gay and Lesbian Forum nor of its National Coordinator. It may just be part of the opposition’s campaign to ‘smear’ him in the eyes of the general public since engaging in homosexual activities is illegal in Ghana.
However, back in the day some gentleman gave an interview to a newspaper during which he intimated that he had an affair with the veep (then Central Bank Governor) – the article didn’t actually mention his name in the article but gave enough of a description that guessing his identity became ridiculously easy. The story made some rounds but died fairly quickly. Two weeks after he was nominated as vice-president, this story resurfaced and during his vetting, he was called to address these rumors when he dismissed fervently (though he never did state explicitly that he wasn’t gay.)
There’s an old proverb that says that “there is no smoke without fire” and putting all these together, it’s certainly possible that he really is gay. Even though I believe that if everyone who is gay came out, it would change the world (for the better), coming out is a personal decision and no one should make that decision for anyone else or force someone else to come out.
Interestingly, a lot of the comments I’ve read so far hover around the idea that a gay man cannot reach such a position in society and that in itself is the reason why the veep CANNOT be gay. I’m trying to understand how educated people could reach such conclusion and I’m failing. I do hope that in the coming election the Ghanaian people base their opinions on what the man has done for the country rather than whoever he is sleeping with in the privacy of his bedroom.
Read the article in question here: Vice President Must Not Be Ashamed of Being Gay