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General News of Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

US Embassy in Ghana restates support for LGBTI+ community

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The US Embassy in Ghana has restated the support of their country towards persons who identify as members of the LGBTQI+ community.

In a post on their social media handle, the Embassy said US remained committed to bringing an end to the stigma and discrimination meted out against LGBTI+ persons.

It also stressed their dedication to promoting human rights and ensuring freedom for all.

“The U.S. is committed to ending violence, discrimination, and stigma against LGBTQI+ persons and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms for all,” the US Embassy in Ghana tweeted on June 27.

In a separate tweet on June 24, the embassy advocating for LGBTQI+ persons said they were seeking for their basic human rights to be respected.

It stated that LGBTQI+ persons deserve to be treated equally under the law.

“LGBTQI+ persons do not seek special rights, only respect for their basic human rights. As our colleagues, our neighbors, and members of our families and houses of worship, LGBTQI+ persons deserve equal treatment under the law,” the tweet said.

Conversations bothering on LGBTQI+ resurfaced earlier this month after advocates mounted a huge billboard along a major road to mark the Pride month which is celebrated in June.

This drew the wrath on Ningo Prampram MP, Sam Nartey George, who issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the city authorities to pull down the billboards.

This was subsequently carried through.

The MP and some of his colleagues are spearheading a Private Members bill against LGBTI+ and it related activities.

The bill when passed will criminalize activities of LGBTI+ and curtail the rights of individuals engaged in the act.





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