LGBT community in Ghana decides to speak out more forcefully against homophobic attacks

August 8, 2011



This long quote from a statement by the Coalition Against Homophobia in Ghana (CAHG) is worth reading in full as it cogently puts the case for tolerance and respect, not just in Ghana but in all countries. The MEA Laureate 2011 Kasha from Uganda would be pleased with the language:

“CAHG vehemently denounces these types of sensationalist, unfounded, and bigoted attacks against LGBT Ghanaians, who are brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, daughters and sons of Ghanaian families just like any other Ghanaians. LGBT people are in every conceivable walk of life and have existed throughout history. Contrary to unsubstantiated and speculative remarks that homosexuals are “evil”, “filthy”, and “ungodly”, LGBT people are our family members, co-workers, worshippers, taxpayers, voters, media people, pastors and lovers who deserve the same rights and protection under the Ghanaian Constitution as anyone else.”

 “Unfortunately, a few people with religious, political, and institutional power continue to use their privilege to perpetuate hate and violence against homosexuals with the support of the criminal code 1960, Act 29, which criminalizes “unnatural carnal knowledge”–ironically a “western” concept imported to Ghana during British colonization of the country. If these anti-homosexual forces care about the future of Ghana, then the coalition calls on them to do something about issues that actually pose a threat to Ghana’s future such as poverty, women’s rights, class inequalities, environmental destruction, educational rights, and job opportunities. Addressing such issues would be more productive for the country than utilizing fear- mongering tactics to divide Ghanaian people from their LGBT family members and colleagues.”

“Although the international community has not said much on the issue to date, HIV prevention experts and human rights activist from different parts of the world have come out to allay the attacks against LGBT people. The Coalition urges Ghanaians harbouring hostility against LGBT people to “judge not lest ye be judged” and set aside their animosities for the good of the country and its diverse citizenry.”

source: In Ghana, LGBT community forges an alliance of allies to fight homophobic attacks | San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

One Response to “LGBT community in Ghana decides to speak out more forcefully against homophobic attacks”

  1. Alexandra Bisia Says:

    I really liked this.

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