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Ghana: UN says anti-gay bill ‘state-sponsored’ violence

Ghana: UN says anti-gay bill ‘state-sponsored’ violence

A Ghanaian bill criminalising LGBT+ people will establish “a system of state-sponsored discrimination and violence” against sexual minorities, UN human rights experts warned on Thursday, urging authorities to reject the proposed law. The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, was introduced in parliament on August 2, and is expected […]

Ghana: Court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

Ghana: Court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

(Reuters) – A court in Ghana dismissed a case against 21 Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) activists on Thursday, ruling there was not enough evidence to prove they had gathered unlawfully, a prosecutor in the case said. “What this means is that they cannot be brought back to court on the same charges. So […]

Ghana: LGBT+ bill would threaten progress on HIV/AIDS

Ghana: LGBT+ bill would threaten progress on HIV/AIDS

A proposal to criminalise LGBT+ people in Ghana is “a gross violation” of human rights, and could set back a decade of progress fighting HIV/AIDS in the West African nation, according to the United Nations. The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, received a first reading in parliament on […]

Ghana: Trans musician fights homophobia with song

Ghana: Trans musician fights homophobia with song

Ghana’s first openly transgender musician has released a song to boost the morale of the West African nation’s LGBT+ community, as it faces a crackdown by authorities, and a rise in homophobic persecution. Hiplife and Afropop artist, Angel Maxine, said she wrote “Wo Fie”, meaning “Your Home” in the Twi language, to comfort LGBT+ Ghanaians, […]

Ghana: Bill seeks to criminalise LGBT+

Ghana: Bill seeks to criminalise LGBT+

A bill in Ghana that would make it a crime to be gay, bisexual or transgender has shocked the local LGBT+ community and raised fears over a possible surge in discrimination and violence against sexual minorities in the West African country. […] homophobic persecution is widespread, but the draft law would go much further – […]

Ghana: Police arrest 21 LGBT+ activists

Ghana: Police arrest 21 LGBT+ activists

(Reuters) – Ghanaian police on Friday said they had detained 21 people they suspected of promoting an LGBT+ agenda, at an unlawful assembly in the southeastern city of Ho. LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the West African nation, where [homosexuality] is punishable with up to three years imprisonment.

Ghana: Twitter’s new office a snub to LGBT+ people

Ghana: Twitter’s new office a snub to LGBT+ people

Twitter Inc’s decision to open its first African office in Ghana, citing it as a champion of democracy, is “a slap in the face” for sexual minorities in the country, who suffer abuse and persecution, LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Wednesday. The social media giant announced earlier this month that the West African nation was selected […]

Ghana: MPs plan law banning LGBT+ advocacy

Ghana: MPs plan law banning LGBT+ advocacy

A group of lawmakers in Ghana want to criminalise the promotion of LGBT+ rights, a move that comes weeks after a community centre for sexual minorities was shut down, following strong opposition from politicians and church organisations. Parliamentarian Samuel Nartey George from the opposition National Democratic Congress said he and seven other MPs hoped their […]

Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell urge Ghana to protect LGBT+ people

Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell urge Ghana to protect LGBT+ people

Actor Idris Elba, and model Naomi Campbell have joined 65 other British celebrities, designers. and politicians, in calling for Ghana’s president to engage with the country’s LGBT+ community, in an open letter published on social media on Monday. A public outcry last week forced the country’s first LGBT+ community centre to temporarily close, to protect its […]

Ghana: Anti-gay uproar closes first LGBT+ centre

Ghana: Anti-gay uproar closes first LGBT+ centre

Anti-gay outcry has forced Ghana’s first LGBT+ community centre to temporarily close to protect its staff and visitors, three weeks after it opened, its founder said on Tuesday. Church groups, politicians, and anti-gay rights organisations have called on the government to shut down the centre, run by local charity LGBT+ Rights Ghana, and arrest and […]