The proposed legislation is one of the most severe and cruel anti-LGBT+ bills to arise in recent history. Local activists describe it as “a homophobe’s dream.”
If passed, anyone suspected of being LGBT+ and anyone who supports LGBT+ friends, coworkers, family members or neighbors could be punished with prison terms of up to five years. Advocating for LGBT+ rights could be punished with up to 10 years in prison.
The bill also promotes so-called “conversion therapy”, a harmful and discredited practice that claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
LGBT+ people in Ghana have already been under attack, especially in recent months. Activists and community members in Ghana fear a dramatic increase of discrimination and violence should the bill pass.
We are calling on the authorities of Ghana to reject and dismiss this bill. If Ghana is truly a champion of democracy, as its leaders often claim, then every Ghanaian deserves their rights and freedoms honored, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Update – 8 February 2024
Today Ghana's Parliament completed the consideration stage of the Anti-LGBT+ Bill moving it closer to its passage. The Parliamentary Committee, bill sponsors and drafters of the bill were asked to refine and finalize the proposed amendments then present the bill for the Third Reading. It could be passed in a matter of days.
Now, more than ever, your support is crucial.