Ghana – Anti-Gay Bill Seeks Prison Terms for LGBT+ People

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A new draft law in the West African nation proposes jail time for those who identify as LGBT+, and for anyone who offers assistance to the LGBT+ community.A bill in Ghana that would make it a crime to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender or to advocate for LGBT+ rights is expected to be presented before parliament on Monday for its first reading.The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, has sparked outrage and fear in the West African nation’s LGBT+ community, with campaigners saying it could heighten widespread persecution and violence.Here are some key details and background about the controversial proposal:What is the current law regarding LGBT+ people in Ghana?Under a 1960 British colonial-era law, “unnatural carnal knowledge” – widely interpreted as sexual intercourse between men – is punishable with up to three years in jail.

 

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