A section of Ghanaians have expressed anger over the opening of a new office space for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) rights group in Accra.
It comes after the European Union (EU) confirmed it participated in the opening of the group, LGBT+ Rights Ghana, on January 31, 2021, and supported its fundraiser to officially introduce and promote its office and community space.
In a post on Facebook, the EU in Ghana posted: “A couple of weeks ago the EU in Ghana participated in the opening of the new community space of the @LGBTRightsGhana. Equality, tolerance and respect for each other are core values of the EU. The EU supports civil society organisations promoting #LGBTIQ rights 🇪🇺🏳️🌈. #EU4LGBT”.
Reports state the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Gregory Andrews, the Danish Ambassador, His Excellency Tom Nørring and some delegates from the EU were present at the fundraising event.
Last year there was a heated public debate over what critics described as government’s attempt to sneak the promotion of gay and lesbian rights into the syllabus for schools under the guise of comprehensive sexuality education.
But most Ghanaians, on morality and cultural grounds, have kicked against the group, asking the Ghana government to investigate and ban its operations.
Pressure from religious leaders, CSOs and the public compelled authorities to shelve it. But it looks like the LGBTQI promoters are back, ready and stronger.
Though Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Moses Foh-Amoaning has called on the government to shut down that office, there has not been any official response.
Mr Foh-Amoaning has also called on the Presidency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the IGP to investigate that office, close it down immediately, arrest and prosecute suspects since it is against the laws of the country.