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UN Human Rights Council criticizes Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

– – The United Nations Human Rights council has criticized Ghana’s attempt to introduce tougher laws against LGBTQ+ persons and their activities in the country. Ghana’s lawmakers have laid in parliament a new draft bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″. It is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anti-LGBTQ+ activists. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same sex that engages in sexual intercourse are “liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven…

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Ghana: Court dismisses case against 21 LGBTQ+ rights activists

– – A Court in Ghana has dismissed a case brought against 21 LGBTQ+ rights activists arrested for attending a meeting in the country’s Volta regional town of Ho. The 16 women and 5 men were attending a paralegal training at a hotel when they were arrested on May 20, 2021 for “unlawful assembly”. That paralegal training session was being put together by Rightify Ghana, a human rights organization. The participants were meeting on how to document and report human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.…

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Global celebrities sign letter to back LGBTQ+ rights in Ghana

– – Global celebrities including Actor Idris Elba and fashion icon Naomi Campbell have signed an open letter showing support for the LBTQ+ community in Ghana. 67 of such celebrities and influential figures with Ghanaian origin signed the letter in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community amid recent uproar over gay rights activities. In the letter published in the media, the celebrities said “In recent weeks we have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the LGBT+ Rights Ghana Centre in…

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Ghana’s President says same-sex marriage ‘will never happen’ under him

– – Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has publicly commented on recent uproar over activities of LGBTQ+ persons in the country. For weeks now, there has been a public outcry over the activities of LGBTQ+ persons in Ghana. It followed the opening of a meeting space for persons of such sexual orientation in the capital, Accra. The centre for the LGBTQ+ was raided by police and shutdown last week to the delight of many Ghanaians who oppose same-sex related activities. Ghana’s President during the weekend told a religious gathering in a…

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Opinion: The reflections of a day-old Lesbian

As one would expect, I have done my fair share of introspection on the events of the past 24 hours (from February 24-25, 2021) and I can understand how anyone with subpar or at best average intellect would make the inference that was made from my earlier post. I did say I was grateful for the community of like-minded people I have by which I meant the feminist community on social media, other allies and friends I could call and vent to about some of the ludicrous arguments being made…

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Anxiety grips LGBTQ+ people in Ghana after office shutdown

– – Many LGBTQ+ persons in Ghana are now living in fear after police raided their community center in the capital, Accra to shut it down. On Wednesday police stormed the office space which is within a residential community to lock it up. The shutdown was carried out reportedly on the orders of the owner of the facility who gave it out to leaders of the LGBTQ+ last year for rent. For weeks now there has been a huge public uproar over the opening of the office space which was…

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