Ghana Faces International Criticism Over New Anti-LGBTQ+ Law, Activists Warn of Increased Violence


Ghana’s newly passed anti-LGBTQ+ legislation has sparked international controversy and condemnation, with the United Nations labeling it “profoundly disturbing.” This law imposes up to 5 years in prison for the promotion of LGBTQ+ rights, further criminalizing the lives of non-heteronormative individuals in a country where same-sex relations were already illegal. Ghanaian musician and activist, Maxine Angel Opoku, known as Angel Maxine, shares her personal devastation and concerns over the increased risks and violence toward the LGBTQ+ community. As Ghana’s first openly transgender musician, her music has become a political tool for advocacy, despite the personal dangers it presents.
  • Ghana’s new anti-LGBTQ+ law has drawn international condemnation, with penalties of up to 5 years in prison for promoting LGBTQ+ rights.
  • Same-sex relations were already illegal in Ghana, with the new legislation adding to the criminalization of non-heteronormative lives.
  • Maxine Angel Opoku, Ghana’s first openly transgender musician and activist, expresses her heartbreak and fears over the law’s implications for increased violence against the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Angel Maxine’s music, which voices the struggles and experiences of the queer community in Ghana, has made her a target for government condemnation and public attacks.
  • The law not only criminalizes queer relationships but also targets supporters of LGBTQ+ rights, potentially leading to a surge in violence and discrimination.
  • Violence and attacks against LGBTQ+ individuals in Ghana are anticipated to increase if the president signs the bill, legitimizing abuse under the guise of legality.
  • Religious beliefs and traditional views on gender and sexuality are cited as major factors behind the widespread support for the anti-LGBTQ+ bill in Ghana.

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