‘The worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever’

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07/25/2021

The “most homophobic document the world has ever seen” is how LGBTQ rights activists describe Ghana’s sweeping anti-homosexuality bill recently revealed after months of discussion and publicity from the nation’s anti-gay crusaders. The members of Ghana’s anti-gay National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values hope to see it enacted by the end of this year. The bill comes after months of increasing repression of LGBTQ people in Ghana, including the raid on a newly opened LGBTQ center in February and the arrest of 21 people at an LGBTQ rights training session in May. The LGBTQ rights group Rightify Ghana described and commented on the bill in a lengthy Twitter thread. Widespread repression – The bill would apply to a broad range of people — in the words of the bill, “LGBTTQQIAAP+ persons”, which includes more than lesbians, gays, bisexuals, “transgender” and “transsexual” people, and queers. It also would criminalize allies, pansexuals, a “person of any other sociocultural notion of sex or sexual relationship that is contrary to the sociocultural notions of male and female or the relationship between males and females” and people questioning their sexuality. It also would criminalize people “involved in the promotion of, propagation of, advocacy for, support or funding of LGBTTQQIAAP+” and any person “who provides or participates in the provision of sex or gender reassignment, surgical procedure or any other procedure intended to create a sexual category other than the sexual category of a person assigned at birth except where the procedure is intended to correct a biological anomaly including intersex”.

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