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March 31, 2014

Ghana’s former deputy speaker of parliament has said that people advocating for the rights of LGBTI people in Africa are carrying out ‘satanic’ works and that if children are allowed to be raised by same-sex couples they will grow up to be ‘miscreants’

Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.

‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.

December 20, 2013

Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie has called for greater tolerance for homosexuals – but only so they can be peacefully encouraged to ‘change’ their sexual orientation

Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie has told a conference of religious groups that homosexuals should be shown more tolerance and not be shamed and shunned – but only so they can be encouraged to stop being gay.

‘The approach we Ghanaians have adopted in combating homosexuality in our society is wrong,’ Gomashie said at the launch of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual and Family Values in Accra on Wednesday, according to Daily Guide.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

November 1, 2013

Education Ministry vows to severely punish any child who forces another to 'practice lesbianism'

Ghana has announced a crackdown on lesbian children.

The Education Ministry has vowed to severely punish any student caught engaging in ‘homosexual or lesbianism activities’.

Public relations officer for the ministry claimed during a Ghanaian radio show a girl was forced to leave school after she faced pressure from other students to ‘practice lesbianism’.

August 1, 2013

The son of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah says that homosexuals are abnormal but should be tolerated and not persecuted by anti-LGBT laws

Dr. Sekou Nkurmah, son of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, has spoken out against anti-gay laws and persecution of LGBTs in the West African nation.

Nkurmah said homosexuals should not be prosecuted despite the practice being ‘abnormal’ and offensive to Ghanaian culture in an interview with XYZ News.

Nkurmah said Ghana did not have to ‘accept what is wrong’ to tolerate homosexuals – although he did not think the mood in the country was ready for change yet.

July 1, 2013

The head of Ghana’s Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Martey, alleged that gays are plotting to have the country ‘destroyed’ by infiltrating its government

Emmanuel Martey, head of Ghana’s Presbyterian Church said that gays form part of ‘Satan’s deadly agenda’ aiming to have the country ‘destroyed.’

He 'explained' that ‘this is the reason why acclaimed and notorious homosexuals want to attach themselves to Ghana’s presidency to gain access,’ reported Radio XYZ online.

According to Martey who also holds the title of Professor: ‘all homosexuals want to meet in Ghana because of the country’s uniqueness.’

July 1, 2013

The head of Ghana’s Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Martey, alleged that gays are plotting to have the country ‘destroyed’ by infiltrating its government

Emmanuel Martey, head of Ghana’s Presbyterian Church said that gays form part of ‘Satan’s deadly agenda’ aiming to have the country ‘destroyed.’

He 'explained' that ‘this is the reason why acclaimed and notorious homosexuals want to attach themselves to Ghana’s presidency to gain access,’ reported Radio XYZ online.

According to Martey who also holds the title of Professor: ‘all homosexuals want to meet in Ghana because of the country’s uniqueness.’

June 9, 2013

A self-styled prophet in Ghana has said that God is starting fires at market places because he is upset about gay sex

The self-self styled prophet of a Ghanaian church is blaming a recent spate of fires at markets in Accra on gay sex and other sins – saying the fires are divine punishment from God.

Prophet Kwabena Tawiah of the Church of Rabbi claims to have predicted last year that God would punish Ghana with fires and told Ghana’s Peace FM that God would continue to judge Ghana with fires until July unless people in the country turn to God.

April 19, 2013

Leading Ghanaian high schools kick out pupils, claiming they formed a society and were recruiting others into being gay

Fifty three students have been expelled from two of the leading high schools in Ghana for being gay.

The events have erupted into an anti-gay media frenzy in Ghana.

Ninteen pupils at Opoku Ware Secondary High School in Ashanti Ghana were dismissed for ‘practicing homosexuality’ in the school.

Ghanaian human rights activists are condemning the school’s action as ‘evil’ and ‘bad’ and are calling for the government to intervene.

April 19, 2013

Leading Ghanaian high schools kick out pupils, claiming they formed a society and were recruiting others into being gay

Fifty three students have been expelled from two of the leading high schools in Ghana for being gay.

The events have erupted into an anti-gay media frenzy in Ghana.

Ninteen pupils at Opoku Ware Secondary High School in Ashanti Ghana were dismissed for ‘practicing homosexuality’ in the school.

Ghanaian human rights activists are condemning the school’s action as ‘evil’ and ‘bad’ and are calling for the government to intervene.

March 13, 2013

Search data charting the top 10 internet porn habits around the world reveals anti-gay regimes and laws breed an interest in gay pornography

Some of the most homophobic countries in the world are really into gay porn, reveals porn search engine PornMD.

The company has published search data today (13 March) mapping porn habits across the globe – and it reveals in many of the worst countries to be LGBT, gay porn is as popular or more popular than straight erotica.

In Kenya, where you can be imprisoned for being gay for up to 14 years, the second most searched for kind of porn is ‘monster cock’.

March 8, 2013

As the cardinals start to gather for the conclave to elect the next pope, we give a run-down of the top popefuls and find a bleak picture on LGBT issues

As the red-robed cardinals gather in their conclave to choose the next pope, it is clear homosexuality will be a key issue facing the future head of the Catholic church.

Pope Benedict XVI’s reign was marked not just by the biggest child sex abuse scandal in the history of the world but also by increasing challenges to the church’s traditional stance on LGBT issues.

Benedict opposed homosexuality and gay marriage, and in January 2013 stated:

February 20, 2013

Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the top contenders to take over for Pope Benedict XVI, has said gay people are to blame for child sex abuses

The African cardinal widely tipped to be the next pope has blamed the Catholic Church’s pedophilia on gay priests.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, from Ghana, said the sex abuses would never happen in Africa because the culture is against homosexuality.

Speaking to CNN, the 64-year-old said: ‘African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against the tendency.

January 14, 2013

Anti-gay Christian group blasts appointment of Nana Oye Lister as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection over gay rights support

A Christian group is protesting Ghana's new gender minister Nana Oye Lithur over her support of gay rights.

The homophobic group called 'Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana' is opposing Lithur's appointment as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection because she is a 'proponent and supporter of gay rights'.

January 14, 2013

Anti-gay Christian group blasts appointment of Nana Oye Lister as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection over gay rights support

A Christian group is protesting Ghana's new gender minister Nana Oye Lithur over her support of gay rights.

The homophobic group called 'Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana' is opposing Lithur's appointment as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection because she is a 'proponent and supporter of gay rights'.

December 9, 2012

Anti-gay hate campaigns muddies Ghana's presidential and parliamentary elections

Anti gay hate campaigns may have influenced the outcome of Ghana´s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Counting is still under way following yesterday´s (8 December) elections to Ghana´s president and parliament.

Polls indicate a tight race between the current ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

December 9, 2012

Anti-gay hate campaigns muddies Ghana's presidential and parliamentary elections

Anti gay hate campaigns may have influenced the outcome of Ghana´s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Counting is still under way following yesterday´s (8 December) elections to Ghana´s president and parliament.

Polls indicate a tight race between the current ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

December 9, 2012

Instead of running anti-gay hate campaigns, Ghana and Africa should tolerate and respect sexual diversity which is inherent to its culture and traditions

Following Ghana´s electoral campaign riddled with anti-gay hate, Prince K. MacDonald, a leading Human and LGBT rights advocate in the country, writing under a pseudonym, outlines a critical response.

Homosexuality is not western and evil like most Ghanaians perceive it. I feel insulted when someone tells me my sexuality is borrowed or western.

October 4, 2012

A prison worker is being prosecuted in Ghana after an online profile he set up to seek gay friends inadvertently resulted in a Christian minister being accused of being gay on the front page of a daily newspaper

A prison officer in Ghana is being prosecuted after he advertised online to seek gay friends, resulting in the unexpected outcome of a Christian minister making a complaint to police.

According to All Ghana News, prison officer Daniel Adzibolo has been bailed to reappear in court on October 5 as a result of being charged with impersonation after he set up an online profile with his phone number and details seeking gay friends.

August 25, 2012

Outgoing US ambassador to Ghana speaks out against homophobia and urges Ghana to have an open and respectful dialogue on LGBT rights

The outgoing US Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum, spoke against homophobia and called upon Ghana to have an open respectful dialogue on the issue of gay rights.

Teitelbaum, who was addressing journalists at his final day as US ambassador to Ghana, said the country could follow his country’s example of open dialogue on gay rights.

Teitelbaum started by addressing homophobic behaviour stating: ‘You have this incident of gay bashing of homosexuals or this business they talk about corrective rape where people rape women because they are lesbians.

August 25, 2012

Outgoing US ambassador to Ghana speaks out against homophobia and urges Ghana to have an open and respectful dialogue on LGBT rights

The outgoing US Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum, spoke against homophobia and called upon Ghana to have an open respectful dialogue on the issue of gay rights.

Teitelbaum, who was addressing journalists at his final day as US ambassador to Ghana, said the country could follow his country’s example of open dialogue on gay rights.

Teitelbaum started by addressing homophobic behaviour stating: ‘You have this incident of gay bashing of homosexuals or this business they talk about corrective rape where people rape women because they are lesbians.

August 12, 2012

Unproven allegations that new vice president of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, is gay have been circulating creating a moral panic in the country

A political scandal has been rocking Ghana in the last two weeks with allegations circulating in the local media that the newly sworn vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, is gay.

The Ghananian press has been widely publishing the alleged affairs with anti-gay opinion op-eds designed to whip up a moral panic about homosexuality.

But Amissah-Arthur himself denies the unsubstantiated rumors, accusing a former school-mate of starting them.

August 12, 2012

Unproven allegations that new vice president of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, is gay have been circulating creating a moral panic in the country

A political scandal has been rocking Ghana in the last two weeks with allegations circulating in the local media that the newly sworn vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, is gay.

The Ghananian press has been widely publishing the alleged affairs with anti-gay opinion op-eds designed to whip up a moral panic about homosexuality.

But Amissah-Arthur himself denies the unsubstantiated rumors, accusing a former school-mate of starting them.

July 21, 2012

Ghana has adopted a recommendation by a constitutional review commission to rule on legalizing same-sex acts

The Constitution Review Commission (CRC) of Ghana has recommended the country's Supreme Court should rule on whether the country should legalise same-sex acts.  

The suggestion was adopted by the country's government earlier this week (16 July).

Under Ghanaian law, male same-sex sexual activity is illegal. Gay men can also be punished under provisions concerning assault and rape.