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Difficult Times Ahead For LGBTQ Persons in Ghana as Parliament Takes a Bold Decision

The Parliament of Ghana under the leadership of Right Honourable Speaker, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin is seriously working on a Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Rights and Ghanaian Family value.

This has become necessary as a result of increasing activities of persons belonging to the LGBTQ ommunity and increasing advocacy for the recognition of LGBTQ rights in Ghana and other African countries.

According to Mr Samuel Nartey George, the MP for Ningo Prampram constituency, "the Bill when passed into law would criminalise the promotion, advocacy, funding and act of homosexuality in all its forms. The Bill respects the fundamental human human rights of all persons, including those found engaging in the prohibited acts, but spells out a rigid punitive measures in line with our social, cultural and religious stance as a nation".

Homosexuality is considered culturally unacceptable in Ghana. Majorty of Ghanaians support criminalization of LGBTQ and its related activities. It is therefore not surprising that LGBTQ people are frequently victims of physical violence and psychological abuse in Ghana. For instance, not long ago, a group of persons suspected to be LGBT advocates were arrested in the Volta Region.

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