For quite some time, the anti-LGBTQ bill, which attempts to criminalize homosexuality, has been on the airwaves. Many Ghanaians appear to be delighted with the bill, but others appear to disagree. Sam George was recently chastised by the mother of a transgender child for proposing such a law to parliament.
She feels that compassion, rather than criticism and hatred, is what these people require from society.
Many of these people, she believes, are depressed as a result of society's image of them. People used to make fun of her son when he was small, calling him 'Kojo basia,' which translates to "a boy that acts like a lady." This was the price they had to pay for her kid to be the person he is today. They had become a laughingstock. She had hoped for something more from society than that.
According to mygoodness.com, another important figure in the country's political sphere has just contributed his voice to the anti-LGBTQ+ law debate. Kofi Akpaloo, the leader and founder of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), has stated that he opposes the anti-LGBTQ+ bill. The law that aims to criminalize homosexuality, he believes, should be thrown out of Parliament.
According to Akpaloo, incarcerating those who commit such crimes will exacerbate the problem.
Conditions in the country's jails, he said, would contribute to the problem by serving as breeding grounds for luring young people into LGBTQI+ activity. He believes that poverty in the country is the root of homosexuality, and he has asked politicians to address poverty in the country before imprisoning LGBTQ people caught in the act.
There appear to be a large number of people opposed to the bill, but just a handful are able to speak up. Nonetheless, the parliament has the authority to decide whether or not this bill will be accepted. As things stand, we have no idea how the bill will be received because initially it appeared that practically all Ghanaians were in favor of it, but as time goes on, people are airing opposing viewpoints. Only God knows what is going on in the minds of the legislators who will be voting on this matter.
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