Chris Brown Announces Support of LGBT Rights Campaign
Some may be surprised to learn that R&B singer Chris Brown took to Twitter to show his support for a gay rights campaign that aims to bring human rights to the Central African country Cameroon, E! Online reports.
As of this writing, the petition has more than 70,000 signatures and says, "Cameroon is starting to respond to international pressure to stop the rise of anti-gay violence in the country." The description adds that if the petition reaches 100,000 signatures it will be sent directly to the presidential palace.
In July, Eric Ohena Lembembe, a leading LGBT rights activist in Cameroon, was allegedly tortured and killed. The country’s government officials, however, lashed out against the media for reporting the killing and and warned that future "provocative commentary" on the case would be outlawed, the Associated Press reported. Two weeks after Lembembe’s death, the AP reported a court in Cameroon found two men guilty under the country’s law banning gay sex. Being gay is punishable by up to five years in prison in Cameroon and according to local and international human rights groups, government officials have gone after LGBT people under the law, which dates back to 2005.
Apparently Brown, 24, was moved by the petition and alerted his more than 13 million Twitter followers about it.
"Love is not a crime," he tweeted on Sept. 30. "Gay or straight. Love who u wanna love. Stop the hate & sign here http://bit.ly/19BPAbF #Unity"
On early Wednesday Brown re-tweeted a tweet made by Elton Jon AIDS Foundation, which reads, "Everyone is entitled to dignity and respect. RT=Respect! #LoveIsInMyBlood."