Ghana: Anti-gay bill seeks long jail terms for LGBTQ

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The proposed bill could see LGBTQ community members imprisoned between five to 10 years for identifying or advocating for their rights.

Ghana’s laws already criminalize gay sex by forbidding “unnatural carnal knowledge”.

Now the West African country wants to go a step further in its efforts to outlaw the LGBTQ community.

If the bill is passed, people of the same sex who engage in sexual activity could be fined or jailed for between three to five years.

The law would also make it a crime to be LGBTQ — it would be punishable by five years in prison for any person to identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, queer, pansexual or non-binary (someone who doesn’t identify as male or female).

The bill, entitled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” was submitted to Ghana’s parliament in June.

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