#60Seconds with Kwame Anthony Appiah: growing up homosexual in Ghana

For all the progress the world seems to have made on sexual equality, being gay is still often tougher than you'd imagine.

That's why, when we had a chance to throw one question at Kwame Anthony Appiah, British-born Ghanain-American at Jaipur Literature Festival after his session with cultural and literary theorist Homi K Bhaba, it was on dealing with his sexuality. Appiah has grown up in Ghana, and is gay. And in his book, The Ethicist, he wrote from an intensely personal point of view about growing up as a homosexual in one of the more regressive parts of the world.

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He went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University, and then take the position of the Lawrence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University before moving to New York University in 2014.

He's only written three novels but his bibliography is filled with other papers and essays. Among other things, he spoke to us of the role played by American evangelicals in constructing taboos around homosexuality - and how there comes a time when the freedom to propagate religion, particularly by spreading incorrect medical facts, simply becomes fraud.

Text: Sneha Vakharia

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