Nigerian Actress, Ashionye Michelle Raccah has shared her personal views on the subject of Homosexuality.
During an interview with QedTV at the premiere of Funmi Iyanda’s movie, Ashionye pleaded with Nigerians to stop finding faults in homosexuality.
The Movie centres around a married man whose wife later discovered he was gay. While speaking about the movie, Ashionye admonished people to realize that a person is not made to be gay but is born gay.
She pleaded with people to accept all human beings irrespective of their sexuality. She urged people to stop seeing homosexuality as a disease, as it is not something to be afraid of.
“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 how she would feel if she found out her child is gay, Ashionye said: “If you are born straight, that’s who you are. If I am born lesbian, that’s who I am. I did not become a 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”.
Responding to how she feels about repealing the 14-year jail penalty for homosexuals, she completely agreed with it.
She said: ”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?