Ghana suspends gay conference following public outcry

The President of the Republic of Ghana suspended a gay conference which was scheduled to take place in July this year following public response to the revelation. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has served notice on its website that their 5th Regional Conference will held in Ghana from 27 – 31 July 2020 in Accra. “This will be the first PAI conference in West Africa,” the statement said.

This has triggered a lot of criticisms and concerns from the masses, mostly religious populace. Most of the people who gave their view on the matter demanded that government suspends the planned meeting which is purported to promote something which is an affront to the Ghanaian culture.

Key among the influential people who added their voices was the national Chief Imam, Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, a reputable and most revered Islamic leader. He opined that, “God has been so gracious to us as a nation, he has shown us his favor, he has given us his gift which relates to harmony and stability, preventing war and conflict and it will be a sign of ingratitude of the highest order to God to pay him back with sinfulness of engaging in lesbianism and gay.”

Additionally, Mr. Moses Foh-Amoaning, a Law lecturer and a fierce critic of LGBT movement in Ghana has indicated that, holding such a conference in Ghana is a violation of the law and equally added his suspicion that, the organizers of the conference were only making noise to test the waters and that, they won’t hold such a conference in the country because Ghana does not accept LGBT lifestyle.

Following this and many other concerns from the general citizenry, government has suspended the conference. In an Interview, The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison revealed that “It is a no, government won’t allow it to happen in Ghana. She further added that, “I am a Christian likewise the President. The president has said no to the gay conference. The gay conference has nothing to do with the Ministry, it has nothing to do with the government”.

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The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison

Conclusively, nothing of that sort will happen in Ghana. It is very obvious from the reactions over the years that, Ghanaian people value their culture and will do everything possible to protect it from any external content. In view of this, it is only prudent for their concerns to be respected and not put under any undue pressure to do what their culture frowns against.