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.
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…
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.