Nollywood actress and singer, Ashionye Michelle Raccah has come out to say that homosexuality is not a disease.
According to her, Nigerians must start to see homosexuals are human beings too.
She revealed this at the premiere of Funmi Iyanda’s movie, Walking with Shadows. Speaking at the premiere of the film which focuses on a married man who was gay despite having a wife, she said she believes anybody that is gay was born that way.
She had that no judge has the right to sentence people for their sexuality.
Her words, “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.”
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”.
Asked if the 14 years sentence should be scrapped, ”Yes! 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?”