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General News of Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Source: Richard Obeng Bediako, contributor

Anti-LGBTQ+ bill full of hate, will cause Ghana global disdain - Akpaloo

Kofi Akpaloo is founder of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) Kofi Akpaloo is founder of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG)

Founder of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr. Kofi Akpaloo, has waded in the ongoing LGBTQ+ rights conversation in the country saying people must be human to understand them.

Mr. Kofi Akpaloo stressed that, the draft Private Members Bill seeking to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities is full of hate and meant to cause international disdain for Ghana.

“You don’t have to be pro-gay to appreciate their situation. You only have to be human. Let us be careful and not generate an intense hate campaign against homosexuals.

"You can speak for the law and ‘culture’ minus hate,” Mr. Kofi Akpaloo told Reynold Agyemeng on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7

The EU office in Ghana has declared support for the group.

The bill, which is being championed by National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George and 7 other parliamentarians has received a lot of support and some backlash from Ghanaians on social media.

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 will see culprits face a jail term of up to ten years depending on the crime, if passed in its current state.

"Individuals of the same sex who engage in sexual intercourse are “liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven hundred and fifty penalty units and not more than five thousand penalty units, or to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than five years or both.”

This encompasses any person who “holds out as a lesbian, a gay, a transgender, a transsexual, a queer, a pansexual, an ally, a non-binary or any other sexual or gender identity that is contrary to the binary categories of male and female.”

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