US offers Ghana assistance in moving forward on LGBT rights

The Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of African Affairs has urged African nations to respect the rights of LGBT people and has offered to assist Ghana in strengthening its commitment to non-discrimination ‘The United States believes that all people are created equal,’ Thomas-Greenfield said. ‘I am an Africa American, I have gone through the […]

Canadian, American and African bishops meet for fourth Consultation

Eighteen bishops met in Cape Town, South Africa from 2 to 5 May for the fourth Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Michael Ingham of New Westminster, Canada and James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi, both friends of Changing Attitude England, were present as well as bishops from South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, South Sudan, Ghana, Canada and […]

Canadian, US and African bishops affirm common mission at third Consultation

Last week, the Anglican Church of Canada hosted the third Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Growing out of Lambeth 2008, which uncovered divisions and disagreements between African and other Anglicans on the issue of human sexuality and same-sex relationships, the dialogue held its first meeting in London in 2010 and it second last year in […]

A Sacrament of Love : a statement by the third meeting of Anglican Bishops in dialogue

A Sacrament of Love: Our Continuing Testimony of Grace This statement was released by the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue after their third meeting June 4 to 7 in Toronto, Ont. The statement from their second meeting “A Testimony of Grace,”  is also available. Love has been perfected in us in this: that we […]

Opinion: I refuse your label – a human rights activist is a SOGI activist

Joseph Sewedo Akoro is Behind the Mask’s Arcus correspondent in Lagos, Nigeria Human Rights advocacy in Africa can be a challenging task for anyone to engage in. My six years experience, from the age 18, has brought me closer to the reality of advocacy than the ideals. During my initiation in the human rights advocacy […]

Ghanaian activist defends gay community against charges of “recruiting”

Mac-Darling Cobbinah

Mac-Darling Cobbinah a Ghanaian HIV activist and human rights defender last week attacked as “misleading” the methodology of a 2011 study of MSM in Ghana which accused gay men of recruiting heterosexual men for sex. In an article entitled “Gays recruiting for MSM study?” which he distributed to activists across Africa, Cobbinah said the authors […]

Struggling Alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have Sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria

The Queer African Youth Networking Center (QAYN) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Struggling Alone: The Lived Realities of Women who have Sex with Women in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Nigeria. While there is a general awareness among human rights activists, particularly women’s rights activists, sexual rights and LGBTQQ activists and […]

Retired Ghana judge asks court to disregard homosexuality as a human rights issue

Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Yaonansu Kpegah

A Ghanaian newspaper, the Daily Graphic, has reported that a retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Yaonansu Kpegah, has filed an application asking the Ghana Supreme Court to disregard homosexuality as a human rights issue. According to the report, “He is further praying the highest court of the land to declare that under the country’s customary […]

Decriminalising sexual orientation: Three African states compared

Frederick Cowell compares Mozambique’s, Ghana’s and São Tomé’s laws on homosexuality; and gives suggestions for decriminalisation. At the beginning of 2011, 36 states in Africa criminalised sexual orientation, with penalties ranging from fines in Algeria and Kenya, to the death penalty in Sudan and Nigeria. The ‘criminalisation of sexual orientation’ is a blanket term that […]

Ghana MP defends Cameron’s pro-gay stance – gays are humans & must enjoy their rights

Gifty Ohene Konadu, Ghana MP

A legislator in Ghana’s Parliament, Gifty Ohene Konadu, has jumped to the defence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has served notice to anti-gay African states to relax laws on homosexuals or face aid cut from the UK. Cameron has come under intense lampoon across Africa for what many describe as interference in the […]