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All You Need To Know About The Now Trending Anti-Gay Bill

Amidst the ongoing debate on whether the anti -LGBT+ bills should be passed or not, this article seeks to explain; why the bill was currently introduced, who the proposers of the bill are and summary of what the bill entails.W

Who Are The Current Sponsors


The current anti-gay bill is sponsored by eight lawmakers from the opposition and ruling parties who came together following the opening of the country's first LGBT+ community centre in January. The leader is Samuel Nartey George (Mp for Ningo- Prampram). The other seven members are

Emmanuel Bedzrah (MP, Ho West) Della Adjoa Sowah (MP, Kpando), John Ntim Fordjour (MP, Assin South), Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini (MP, Tamale North), Helen Adjoa Ntoso (MP, Krachi West), Rita Naa Odoley Sowah (MP, La Dadekotopon) and Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi).

What Does The Bill Proposes

The bill officially called the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 is a 36 pages draft.

1. The draft law makes it a crime punishable by up to five years imprisonment to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, pansexual and non-binary - someone who does not identify as male or female.

2. Advocating for the LGBT+ community, sympathising or offering any assistance such as financial or medical support to LGBT+ people or organisations would also be an offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

3. Media companies, online platforms and accounts that publish information deemed to support LGBT+ activities or encourage children to explore any gender or sex outside of the binary categories of male and female could also be prosecuted.

4. The draft proposes a conversion therapy by allowing flexible sentencing for an LGBT+ person if they request "treatment".

How Have Ghanaians Respond To The Bill

Many religious groups including Christian groups such as the Church of Pentecost and coilation of Muslims in Ghana have thrown their support for the bill to be passed. Other traditional leaders have also given the green light for the bill to be passed.

Also Hon. Samuel Nartey George the leader of the anti-gay bill has recently garnered praise from many Ghanaians especially after his interview with a CNN journalist.

However some LGBT+ rights groups in Ghana are not happy with the bill since it's introduction. Some Campaigners have launched a campaign on social media called #KillTheBill to raise awareness.

Conclusion

The above is a summary about the anti-gay brouhaha. We are yet to see whether the parliament of Ghana may approve this bill or may not.

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Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini Della Adjoa Sowah Ho West John Ntim Fordjour Samuel Nartey George

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