Ghana Passes Africa’s “Toughest” bill against LGBTQ Rights

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Africa | 0 comments

Staff Reporter

Ghana’s parliament has recently approved a bill that intensifies the crackdown on the rights of LGBTQ individuals and those advocating for non-conventional sexual or gender identities.

Gay sex was already punishable by up to three years in prison. The bill now also imposes a prison sentence of up to five years for the “wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities”.

This legislation is considered one of the toughest of its kind in Africa.

Ghana’s first openly transgender musician and LGBTQI+ activist, Angel Maxine, expressed her deep disappointment with the legislation.
“My heart is broken and devastated at the moment, that’s all I can say for now.”
Maxine, highlighted the devastating impact this bill will have on the LGBTQ community in Ghana.

The legislation was sponsored by a coalition of Christian, Muslim, and Ghanaian traditional leaders, reflecting the influence of religious and cultural norms in shaping public discourse on LGBTQ rights.

The bill has now been passed by the parliament and is set to be presented to President Nana Akufo-Addo.


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