LGBT rights group Sisters of the Heart pleads with Ghanaians to care about gay rights

LGBT rights group Sisters of the Heart pleads with Ghanaians to care about gay rights

A new group has been formed by Ghanaians with the sole purpose of trying to fight for rights of Ghana's LGBT community but the prospects for this group, at this point in time, does not look very bright.

A report available to YEN.com.gh via author Redeemer Buatsi has it that human rights campaigners, Sisters of the Heart, have called on Ghanaians to lend their care and support for the cause of lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people in Ghana.

In partnership with Alliance for Dynamics Initiative, Sisters of the Heart held a one-day stakeholder meeting to dialogue on the need to protect the rights of LGBT individuals in Ghana.

The meeting, according to organisers, was deemed important, because LGBT persons in Ghana continue to face widespread discrimination and violence.

According to the conclusions of the one-day workshop, the violence and discrimination faced by the LGBT community contravenes the human rights laws of Ghana.

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In April 2019, a group of men were arrested in Kasoa for luring, beating and robbing suspected gay men.

In 2017 alone, Sisters of the Heart claimed that there were over 200 media reports of abuse and violence against people perceived to be either gay or lesbian.

In a recent research conducted by the Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), a significant number of Ghanaians (87%) are against allowing LGBT persons holding public meetings to discuss LGBT issues.

Gay rights are not technically outlawed in Ghana and to the best of YEN.com.gh's findings, the law on "carnal knowledge" has yet to be explicitly interpreted as preventing relations between two consenting adults of the same gender.

It is reported that 91% of those who identified as Muslim are against allowing LGBT holding public meetings; it followed Christians (87%), Traditionalists (73.1%); and Atheists (33.3%).

Respondents in the Volta Region had the highest approval (19.4%) for allowing LGBT people to hold public meetings, according to the ACILA research.

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In addition, about 13% of Ghanaians say they will “physically abuse”, “verbally abuse” or “force” an LGBT to hide his or her identity if they discover a person who is LGBTI.

Majority of anti-LGBT Ghanaians (45.3%) will however “socially shun” an identified LGBT person.

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Source: Yen

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