Sultry Nollywood actress and singer, Ashionye Raccah is of the opinion that Nigerians should stop finding faults in homosexuality, saying it is not a disease hence the need to end discrimination against homosexuals.
The thespian, who was speaking in an interview with QedTV during the premiere of Funmi Iyanda’s movie, Walking with Shadows, said Nigerians need to wake up to the reality that homosexuals are human beings as well.
Ashionye said people need to realize that a person is not made to be gay but is born gay.
She said: “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.
“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.”
When asked if she will accept her child if he or she grows up to be gay, Ashionye replied thus: “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.”
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