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Government, media, and religious homophobia in Ghana

– On February 17, during the vetting of Adwoa Safo, the nominee for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mahama Ayariga the MP for Bawku Central asked whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are human. The question, accompanied by laughter in the background, made a mockery of queer lives and denied the humanity of a group of Ghanaians. As shown in the video, in response, the minister-designate referred to vague colonial code against “unnatural carnal knowledge” and sided with parliament in refuting the humanity of queer Ghanaians.…

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Uganda Currency Plunges as Anti-Gay Law Prompts U.S. Aid Cuts

  The shilling slumped 6.1 percent since President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill on Feb. 24, the most after Ghana’s cedi among 24 African currencies monitored by Bloomberg. Photographer: Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images Uganda’s shilling slumped to the lowest level in 15 months after the U.S. government said it was cutting aid to the East African nation over a February law that toughened punishment for homosexual acts. The currency fell 1 percent to 2,616.50 per dollar by 5:11 p.m. in the capital, Kampala, the lowest since March 2013. The…

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Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill, Museveni responds to Obama

Yoweri MuseveniI have seen the statement H.E President Obama of the USA made in reaction to my statement that I was going to sign the anti-homosexual Bill, which I made at Kyankwanzi.

Before I react to H.E. Obama’s statement, let me, again, put on record my views on the issue of homo-sexuals (ebitiingwa, bisiyaga in some of our dialects). Right from the beginning of this debate, my views were as follows:

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