Ghana Shuts Down LGBTQ+ building

Authorities in the West African country have raided and shut down the office of an organisation that supports the LGBTQ+ community on Wednesday, according to VOA.

“This morning, our centre was invaded by National Security. To this day, we no longer have access to this space, and our safety is threatened,” the LGBT+ Rights Ghana group announced via its Twitter handle.

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The rights group has called on human rights organisations to speak up and condemn the attacks against the group and its activities.

The centre was launched and opened on January 31 in a ceremony that received a European Union delegation and other foreign embassies.

It has faced opposition from the church groups, politicians, and anti-gay rights organisations that demanded that the government shut the centre down, arrest, and prosecute those involved.

The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference asked that the EU not impose their values and beliefs on Ghanaians, saying it was against homosexuality.

The President of the Conference, Reverend Philip Naameh, accused the LGBTQ+ community of using the centre to try to lure in youths.

In Ghana, same-sex relations are criminalised, and queer people face up to three years in jail.

Though there has been no prosecution of same-sex relations in years, the queer community often faces frequent abuse and discrimination, including blackmail and attacks.

Last year, Ghana’s government banned a major gathering of queer activists after outrage from Christian groups.

The conference, scheduled to hold in July, would gather community leaders to share ideas and work together on changing discriminatory laws.

LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.

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