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2 Aug 2022

Will Ghana introduce some of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world?

A backlash against the opening of an LGBTQ+ safe space in Ghana has fuelled homophobic legislation.

In February 2021, a community centre for LGBTQ people in Ghana was closed down weeks after it had opened, following a wave of protests. The incident marked a new and dark chapter for gay rights in the country.

Though previously homosexuality was still illegal in Ghana, the law had not been strictly policed, making the country a relatively safe space for LGBTQ people compared with its neighbours. Since the closure of the centre however, there has been a surge in homophobic abuse, and an organised religious movement is seeking to clamp down further on LGBTQ rights.

Now a drastic anti-gay bill is passing through the Ghanaian parliament. It proposes not only 5-year sentences for LGBTQ people but also even harsher punishments for people who support or “advocate” for gay rights.

20/03/2022 11:29
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ghana? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in Ghana?Gay sex has been illegal in Ghana since the 1860s. The penalty is imprisonment for up to three years.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Ghana?There’s no anti-discrimination framework in place to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination based on their sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Ghana?There’s no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ghana?Most of the anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in Ghana comes from Christian groups who say homosexuality is a sin. There is also a belief that the promotion of homosexuality is part of a Western agenda to spread European and US values in Africa.
LGBTQ people in Ghana face frequent abuse and discrimination, including blackmail, extortion, and violent attacks.
What’s the history of homosexuality in Ghana?In the 18th and 19th century Asante courts, male slaves served as concubines.
The Nzema people had a tradition of adult men marrying each other, usually with a 10-year age difference. These marriage were called agyale – friendship marriages. The couple would obverse all the social equivalents of a heterosexual marriage, a bride price was paid and a traditional wedding ceremony was held.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ghana?

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ghana? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in Ghana?

Gay sex has been illegal in Ghana since the 1860s. The penalty is imprisonment for up to three years.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Ghana?

There’s no anti-discrimination framework in place to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination based on their sexuality.

Is there Marriage Equality in Ghana?

There’s no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Ghana?

Most of the anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in Ghana comes from Christian groups who say homosexuality is a sin. There is also a belief that the promotion of homosexuality is part of a Western agenda to spread European and US values in Africa.

LGBTQ people in Ghana face frequent abuse and discrimination, including blackmail, extortion, and violent attacks.

What’s the history of homosexuality in Ghana?

In the 18th and 19th century Asante courts, male slaves served as concubines.

The Nzema people had a tradition of adult men marrying each other, usually with a 10-year age difference. These marriage were called agyale – friendship marriages. The couple would observe all the social equivalents of a heterosexual marriage, a bride price was paid and a traditional wedding ceremony was held.

Reader's Comments

1. 2022-08-03 07:44  
As long as there is religion there will be oppression.
2. 2022-08-03 12:41  
Capitan...You are soooo right!!

Religious groups have infiltrated African countries and brainwashed so many people into believing the LGBTQ community is evil and should be eliminated.
It is so sad to think that we stopped the feeding of the lions in Roma. Maybe it is something to revisit again. We do have many coliseums around the world! #feedthelions #gogolions
3. 2022-08-03 14:17
Had a good laugh at your Lion comment Happywilly.
I totally agree about religion ( all types ) seem to be obsessed with what guys want to do in there own private lives.

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