Singer Chris Brown, who has in the past been accused of being party to homophobia towards other RnB artists, has taken to Twitter to voice his support for people of all sexualities.
Brown tweeted the message of support for “Love… gay or straight”, and a link to an AllOut petition calling on the government of Cameroon to stop the rise in anti-gay violence.
He later retweeted a message from the Elton John Aids foundation.
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) October 1, 2013
Some were surprised by the announcement, as in the past the star has been criticised for run-ins with other celebrities, and for being party to anti-gay slurs.
Under section 347 of the penal code, those found guilty of same-sex sexual acts in Cameroon face up to five years imprisonment.
In July, prominent Cameroonian gay rights and HIV campaigner Eric Ohena Lembembe was brutally murdered in his home, just days after speaking out against increasing violence against the country’s LGBT community.
One of his friends reported that his neck and feet had been broken, and that he had been burnt with an iron.