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Ghana’s gay community to thank Akufo-Addo with a historic ‘peace walk’

Ghana's gay community to thank Akufo-Addo with a historic 'peace walk'Being gay in Ghana comes with grave challenges with the most brutal and deadly been mob justice – a development which continues to see the LGBT community in Ghana always in hiding.

Members of the association of gays and lesbians have congratulated president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo for his “emphatic response” on the discrimination of homosexuals in Ghana.

The Association in Ghana has also hinted their historic ‘peace walk’ which aims to thank the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo.

This boldness erupted in the wake of the comments by President Nana Akufo-Addo in a recent interview with Al Jazeera that changing Ghana’s laws to legalise homosexuality is not a matter which is “on the agenda” but “bound to happen” if the activists push for it.

Reacting to the president’s statement, Ghana’s LGBTQ association hinted of a peaceful march in from Obra Spot in Accra to the Flagstaff House to present a formal plea to him.

“Consistent with our calm demeanor there will be a peaceful Movement Walk on Friday 15th December 2017 from Obra Spot to the Flagstaff house to thank the President Akufo Addo and his government and present the mission and vision of the LGBTQI Movement,” excerpts of the statement reads.

Meanwhile, one lesbian, is also pushing for more than just ligalising the act. According to Patricia (not her real name), legalisation of the practice by Ghana’s parliament will be meaningless if there is no state protection for homosexuals against stigmatisation and lynching.

Patricia was of the view that: “If it is legalised, people will lynch you if you come out [to disclose your sexual orientation]. This is Africa and an African mindset is different, we are not ready to accept a lot of things like that even though things are changing”.

She added: “When we get protection, I mean it is OK. With the security and backing of the state, then we are ready to speak for others just like us, but without that you will come out and the next day someone will stone you”.

Meanwhile, Patricia has indicated that no man has been able to make her reach orgasm ever since she became sexually active, thus her preference for women as sexual partners – the only way she reaches orgasm.

Patricia, who said she has been a bisexual for a long time, now wants to be a full-fledged lesbian and says but for the stigma and illegality of same-sex marriages in Ghana, she would have settled down with her female sweetheart.

She emphasised that having had sexual experiences with both men and women, “I don’t find men naturally attractive anymore”, adding: “Kissing a girl is very different, the lips are really soft. The first time was a bit awkward but I just went with the flow”.

She added that on the aspect of having sex with a woman, she gets “to understand her body more probably because of similarities in the body and knowing where to go and touch and the experience is out of this world”.

“All the time that I was with a man, I didn’t know how to cum and they didn’t know how to do anything with me,” she complained.

For her, she will not engage in any amorous relationship with any man again but rather do “the tomboy thing”.

Nana Addo’s statement on Aljazeera has caused a stir in the country with religious groups responding with opposing views. The Christian Council has argued that legalizing homosexuality has the potential of ripping off the family culture of Ghana and that same-sex marriage is a deadly threat to Ghana. Ghana’s conservative society has seen the gay community mostly silent and in hiding as cases of stigma and brutality abounds.

Source: Samcilla/BjrliveFM.com/27117/

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