When the story of a former school prefect of Achimota School made it to the headlines, most Ghanaians both far and near launched a scathing attack on the couple to the extent that a lawyer had even called for the Ghanaian homosexual to be stripped of his citizenship.
But why do most Ghanaians hate homosexuals and the LGBT community that fiercely? YEN.com.gh has been seeking answers and has thus come through with these arguable reasons.
1. Tradition and culture
Just like any other African country, Ghana is a country with its culture embedded on the principles of family procreation which basically involves a man and woman. This heterosexual definition of marriage translates to most communities even employing the practice of polygamy where a man is given the chance to marry more than one wife. In this case, there is no room for gay men or persons who feel attracted to the same sex.
2. Western domination
Mention homosexuality and one thing which resounds in the minds of most Ghanaians is the import of western culture. Ghanaians hate for their space to be invaded with what they deem to be the main preserve of the West.
3. Sexual promiscuity
Come to think of it, being gay or lesbian in a conservative country like Ghana sends out various signals with the main perception being that of one being promiscuous and less appreciative of the sanctity of marriage. Tell anyone you are gay or lesbian and they will picture you having a taste for sleeping with just anyone.
It remains a fact that the LGBT community in Ghana today is never left out of the possible infection rates of HIV/AIDS considering the risk involved in their engagements. Back in the 70s during the discovery of HIV/AIDS there was this belief of it being a "gay disease".
Being Gay in Ghana comes comes with grave challenges with the most brutal and deadly been mob justice - a development which continues to see the LGBT community in Ghana always in hiding.
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