‘We can’t give up on humanity’: Ghanaians fight antigay law

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05/15/2024

Alex Kofi Donkor is used to speaking out in support of Ghana’s LGBTQ+ community. For the past eight years, the activist has fearlessly led protests and panel discussions on gay rights. He has written blogs calling out homophobia and has lobbied lawmakers. But now things feel very different. Since Ghana’s Parliament passed a bill in February that makes even identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer a crime, Mr. Donkor has been living in constant fear. Hanging over his head is the possibility that much of his previous work – from setting up pride billboards to speaking to journalists – will soon be punishable by a jail sentence if Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, signs the legislation into law.

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