In recent times, the LGBTQI+ community in Ghana have featured prominently in news, especially after the arrest of 21 activists in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.
Prior to that, police officers raided a house at Ashongman in Accra that was reportedly being used as an office of LGBTQI+ Rights and shelter for the LGBTQI+ community.
In pushing for the criminalization of LGBTQ+ activities in Ghana, eight Members of Parliament jointly submitted a private bill to Speaker, Alban Bagbin, on June 29, 2021.
The bill, titled Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, is aimed to “provide for proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values; proscribe LGBTQ+ and related activities; proscribe propaganda of, advocacy of or promotion of LGBTTQQIAAP+ and related activities; provide for the protection of and support for children, persons who are victims or accused of LGBTTQQIAAP+ and related activities and other persons; and related matters.”
The conversations about the LGBTQ+ have been reignited after screenshots and digital copies of the 36-page bill hit social media on Thursday, July 22, 2021, resulting in varied reactions from Ghanaian youth, with most of them condemning it.
Here’s what people who are against it are saying:
Amid all the criticism against the bill, one of the proponents, Sam George (MP, Ningo-Prampram) took to Twitter to respond to the critics.
The seven other proponents of the bill include, 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).
The bill will, however, be assessed by a parliamentary committee after a referral from the Speaker, and subsequently debated on the floor of the House.
You can access the full bill here.
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