The Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) issue has taken much of our national conversation over the first quarter of the year. The clergy, civil society groups and majority of the Ghanaian people think it’s a taboo not worth even mentioning anywhere on the land.
There are however, a very few vociferous LGBTQ practitioners; their advocate lawyers who earn decent wages from defending the practice; and some human rights persons who are still advocating for the legalization of LGBTQ , on grounds of human rights.
However, to the Moses Foh Amoanings of this world, the acceptability of the practice in Ghana will perhaps only occur after he and his ilk had left the world. Lawyer Foh Amoaning seems to be enjoying officialdom support of his non-negotiable stance on Gay, Lesbianism and its other related practices.
Ministers Adwoa Safo and Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and Ken Ofori Atta were unequivocal in their minds about how the practice is un-Ghanaian and why it’s an affront to the cultural and traditional sensibilities of Ghanaians.
They espoused such on a highly official platform as the ministerial vetting forum; and that should give an inclination as to how many Ghanaians, including the crème de la crème, abhor the practice.
The President of the Republic might have set the heart-beat of the high-profiled kickers of Gay practice at ease. And he expressed that with venomous hatred: “homosexuality will never be legalized under my watch as the President of the Republic”, he told some Ghanaian clergy men.
The caveat by the President seems to have stalled any further discussion on the subject; consigning the conversation into enclaves where the practitioners have been hiding all these years to indulge in the unholy practice. There is however another tint to the subject that should be made public, if we will succeed with the fight against the unnatural sex practice.
It thus brings us to which people would be willing to share their past homosexual experiences; who might have lured them; the dangers involved; and why current lovers of same-sex relationship should desist from the act.
Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has set the tone and none should be ashamed of their past sexual orientation or status. In the 70s through to the 90’s, homosexuality was more restricted to the secondary schools and few suburbs in the capital city.
The practice was more pronounced in the same-sex, otherwise known as Boys’ and Girls’ schools. It’s therefore not surprising to hear from Mrs. Ekuful claiming she was introduced into the practice at Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School in Saltpong, Central Region. The girls call theirs ‘supi, supi’ and the boys’, ‘azor quafing’ to wit, homosexuality and gayism.
In the case of the ladies, the younger ones are introduced into the practice by their senior-caretakers, otherwise known as god-mothers. It’s often done at the blindside of their (younger student girls) parents. The younger ones eventually grow into the practice and also relay it to other younger student-girls.
The practice is not well known in the boys’ schools as compared to their lady counterparts. This is because the boys are often hostile to practitioners; so homosexuality in the boys’ school is tightly done under ground.
Minister Ursula Owusu ought to be commended for opening up on her youthful exuberance zeal that might have driven her to satisfy that curiosity. Which others officials are prepared to share their past sexual orientation for the purposes of correcting the current ills associated with sexuality?
Her openness to her past in the media space is a mark of leadership; and this is the time for other high-profiled Ghanaians who have had a stint with the practice open up and tell us their experience.
This is the best therapy to cure the practice. We commend you Hon. Ursula Owusu
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