The LGBTQ+ community in Ghana has begun raising fund for the purchase of an office building in Accra.
The move follows the closure of a rented space at Ashongman, a suburb of Accra by the Ghana Police Service.
While celebrating the opening of the adminisrative office, the group had explained that there was a need for Ghanaians to respect human rights hence setting up a safe space for members.
But the January 31 event which saw in attendance representatives from the Australian and Danish Embassies and other EU delegation, was heavily criticised by a cross-section of Ghanaians including anti-gay rights advocates who cited a contradiction to the country’s laws regarding unnatural carnal knowledge of another person.
The issue generated a national debate with many calling for the closure of the office and a decisive stance on LGBTQ activities in the country by the government.
Subsequently, the office was raided and locked up by the police.
— LGBT+ Rights Ghana (@LGBTRightsGhana) March 13, 2021
While some Ghanaians including the MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga had condemned the action by the security force, describing it as unconstitutional, the anti-gay advocates further advanced their arguments for the government to dispel the ambiguity surrounding the laws on sexuality.
In response to the brouhaha, President Akufo-Addo on Saturday, February 27, said same-sex marriage will not be legalised under his Presidency.
However, taking to its Twitter page, the group said it wants to raise some $100,000 so a new office space can be purchased.
The tweet also revealed that a total of $37,113 had already been raised.
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