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Anti-LGBTQI+ bill: Offenders, promoters face up to 10-year jail term

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Ghana’s new anti-LGBTQI+ bill which is in the works, is proposing a 10-year jail term for offenders, including promoters of any sexuality that falls within the LGBTQI+ spectrum other than between a man and a woman.

The 36-page Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, which is yet to be considered by parliament, seeks to unequivocally criminalize LGBTQI+ activities.

Among other things, it says people 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.”

It covers 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.”

The bill is being sponsored by anti-LGBT+ legislators on either side of the aisle. They submitted a copy of the draft to the Speaker of parliament on 29 June 2021. The bill is not only targeting persons of LGBTQI+ orientation but also promoters of it.

It also wants all LGBTQ+ groups, societies, associations, clubs, and organizations disbanded. Flouters of this section could face up to not less than six years or not more than ten years imprisonment.  

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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