Chris Brown is lending his voice to raise awareness for a troubling social issue in Africa. On Wednesday, Brown took to Twitter to express his support for the gay and lesbian community by calling on Cameroon’s President to stop the persecution of gays in his country.
“Love is not a crime. Gay or straight. Love who you wanna love. Stop the hate,” Chris wrote, linking to a petition asking President Paul Biya to accept United Nations recommendations to protect homosexuals.
Those recommendations include preventing violence and discrimination, ending a law in the country that makes it a crime to be gay, and freeing all people in imprisoned for participating in sexual acts; such acts are currently punishable by up to five years in prison.
Brown’s tweet signals a more responsible approach from the singer to combatting homophobia. In the past, the singer appeared in a video calling someone a “f*ggot” during a fight. And singer Frank Ocean, who is also bisexual, claims Brown called him the word during a fight at a Los Angeles recording studio earlier this year.
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