Debating Homosexuality in Ghana

Since I wrote about homosexuality for my class blog Social Theory Blog last year, the Ghanaian blogosphere has been quiet on the topic ( I believe except for a weeklong theme at AntiRhythm some time ago). Homosexual acts are forbidden by law in Ghana and there has been very little public debate that would suggest Ghanaians in general would like to change the status quo.

Therefore, I was happy to see that Ghana’s most famous blogger Ato KD last week made his point clear in the post “Let them be gay”. The post was written in response to the news of a NGO regestering 8000 gays in Ghana and the Ghanaian Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) getting involved… Ato’s post was put rather bluntly, but the essence of it was (this is likely also the only passage without reference to sexual organs…)

Much as I don’t understand why people become gay, I also don’t understand all the hatred being spewed on people in this country who have chosen to be gay.

The next day he followed up with a post on why it doesn’t make sense that Christians are condemning gay people.

I believe that it is wholly un-Christian for any believer to jump on a moral high horse and proclaim homosexuals as the scum of the earth who deserve to be exterminated and condemned to eternal damnation. Using scripture to fuel hatred and discrimination is the most despicable thing to do. I have no doubt in my mind that there will be some homosexuals in heaven but there will be a lot more heterosexuals burning with me in hell.

Fellow blogger Graham was inspired by Ato KD and laid out “The 8 dumbest arguments against honsexuality in Ghana” and concluded:

Ironically the loudest voices on homosexuality come from those opposed to it. They claim “gayists” are lobbying for special rights yet where are the voices of homosexuals in Ghana? They want us to believe they are secretly calling for special rights and converting more people to their “cause” resulting in the breakdown of society.

Ghana’s future depends on rational thinking and the challenging of mob mentality.

Holli, a Canadian woman living in Ghana since many years, has some time ago written a summary of the situation with many interesting links here. She also provides the legal background:

Under Ghanaian law, male homosexual activity is officially illegal. Criminal Code 1960 – Chapter 6, Sexual Offences Article 105 mentions unnatural carnal knowledge – and homosexuality is included in this description.

Coming from a liberal standpoint, I feel odd about living in a country where homosexuality between consenting adults is illegal (although female homosexuality seems to be allowed?) and hope that the above blogposts are just a start of a wider debate. I believe the Ghanaian blogosphere can begin to discuss this Ghanaian taboo, but also examine the arguments against homosexuality – and the advantages of legalization – and maybe even challenge the status quo.

What do you think?

Pic borrowed from Ghanaweb.

14 Replies to “Debating Homosexuality in Ghana”

  1. Great post Kajsa. Perhaps you are right that debate and discussion could actually be emerging in Ghana as opposed to one-sided condemnation of homosexuality as has been the case in the past. But as long as some feel that people “choose to be gay”, I think we have a long way to go!

  2. Hi Kajsa, “Adventures” (www.adventuresfrom.com) hasn’t been quiet on the issue of homosexuality. We blog about lesbian sex regularly as part of our focus on women’s sexuality. We don’t write about homosexual sex only when it hits the media attention so I take exception to your point that the Ghanaian blogsphere has been quiet on the subject of homosexuality since your wrote your post for your Social theory class.

  3. Thanks for clarifying, lesbian experiences might be the only thing that is less discussed than gay men experiences.

  4. All we can do is make fewer laws against gays so we can effectively protect the youth. Someone blogged in a different article about how gay and lesbian behaviour started in our high svhools. I totally disagree. I strongly believe rhat we let too many tourists come here for sexual tourism. The same sad situation happening across Africa now. Very sad but true. Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Kenya etc have become havens now for homosaxual tourists practicing their disgusting behaviour here. The laws should be enforced. We don’t need more laws , just enforce what we have now!!!!!

  5. Thanks Mumuni for your comment, however where do you get your data on sex tourism in Africa? Also, exactly what laws should be enforced? My feeling is that activities between consenting adults should not be an issue for the state.

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