‘We had hope that Akufo-Addo will consider us but we are now in danger’- LGBTQ director in Ghana

LGBTQ+ Rights Ghana, an organization that advocates for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and people of other sexual orientations, has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to follow local and international laws that protect LGBTQ+ people’s rights, stating that while President Akufo-position Addo’s on LGBT+ rights in 2017 gives them hope, recent events have turned them into an endangered species.

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The request is found in a letter signed by Mr Alex Kofi Donkor, Director of LGBTQ+ Rights Ghana, dated March 8, 2021.

The party, among other things, protested the recent closing of its Accra office and efforts by seven parliamentarians to sponsor legislation prohibiting LGBTQ+ citizens from engaging in such practices.

“Your stance on the topic during the Aljazeera interview in 2017 gave us HOPE that we will actually have a President who knew the complexities of the problem and whose administration will be respectful of the interests of minoritized communities like us…

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However, developments after that time have exacerbated our situation and put us in jeopardy,” the letter said in part.

Since it was revealed that the LGBTQ+ group had opened an office in Accra to campaign for their rights, there seems to be a crackdown on them in Ghana. Following widespread uproar from Ghanaians, especially on social media, the government shut down the office, and the President later announced that civil unions for LGBT+ people would never be legalized in Ghana under his presidency.

Seven parliamentarians have said they would sponsor a bill in Parliament that criminalizes LGBTQ+ group practices in even simpler terms, as the existing legislation is vague on the illegality of LGBT+ activities in the country.