View Full Version : Kojo Besia Obaa Benyin....this issue will not go away

Fashion Yaa
9th July 2011, 06:09 PM
There are times I wish I had pursued my dream of becoming a lawyer so that I could be friend of the friendless, champoin of the silent and lamplighter on the corrupt. But that dream was not to be because my LSATS sucked and though one law school accepted me it was in a Mormon school that I knew would readily take in a African student, so I declined the acceptance. hmph So in my own way this forum is my chance to simply be an advocate of the human rights I so cherished to protect in a legal way. I came accross this old article and it got me thinking, would I disown my own seed if they declared their homosexuality? any thoughts on this issue, check out this oldie but goodie by BBC

Ghana's secret gay community
By Orla Ryan
BBC News, Accra

When Patrick Williams told his mother he was gay, she packed his bags and threw him out of the house, disowning her son for what she saw as an evil act.
The 21-year-old Ghanaian had known he was gay since he was 13, but had hesitated to tell anyone.

"I was scared and I knew in our society, it was not accepted. It was best for me to keep it inside until I saw someone who was similar," he said.

When a schoolmate told his mother of rumours that the 18-year-old Patrick was having sex with another boy, he admitted he was gay.

"She said because of what I chose to be, I was no longer her son. Was the whole world against me? This was the biggest question in my mind. My own mother sometimes says she wishes I was dead," he said.

His experience is by no means unusual in the West African country, where homosexuality is seen as an unnatural sexual act and, as such, is illegal.

“ I love my mum so much, I think of her each day ”

But as the country celebrates 50 years of independence, UK gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has called on President John Kufuor, who is visiting London this week, to speak to his country's gay community.

"As Ghana celebrates 50 years of independence, it is time to repeal the anti-gay laws," Mr Tatchell said.

A letter urging an end to the persecution of gays and lesbians in Ghana was handed over to President Kufuor, Mr Tatchell said.

It also called on the Ghanaian government to open a dialogue with gay and lesbian groups.

"Unique people"

In deeply religious Ghana, homosexuality is seen as an imported foreign lifestyle choice and a moral aberration.

Last year, a proposed gay and lesbian conference was banned.

"Ghanaians are unique people whose culture, morality and heritage totally abhor homosexual and lesbian practices and indeed any other form of unnatural sexual acts," Information Minister Kwamena Bartels said in a statement banning the conference.

Gay marriage may be legal in South Africa, but across the continent many devout and traditional Africans view homosexuality with horror.

There are gay bars in Accra and some organisations do work with the gay community, raising awareness about HIV/Aids, but mostly their work is underground.

Cost of intolerance

For individuals such as Patrick, the personal cost of intolerance is huge.

“ Society is not ready for gay practice ”
Richard Quayson
Human rights official
"It hurts me a lot. I love my mum so much, I think of her each day. When I try to contact her, she is rude to me. This has taken me away from her," he said.

Such is the opprobrium that homosexuality attracts that even normally vociferous Ghanaian human rights organisations are subdued in their support for gay rights.

"In the first place, I do not know if I want to promote homosexuality in Ghana," said Richard Quayson, deputy commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the country's leading human rights organisation.

"As a human rights organisation, if someone comes forward and says their rights are violated, it is my duty to protect them. As a Ghanaian, I don't think I can openly go out and promote it in the country," he said.

In the experience of 23-year-old Joseph Hilary Afful, people do make their disapproval clear, sometimes in violent ways.

“ My mum asks me if I have boyfriends, I always lie to her and say yes ”

Pointing to scars on his forehead, he describes how he and four friends were attacked last August in an Accra suburb, Chorkor.

"We have to hide ourselves if even walking in the afternoon, someone can throw stones at you," he said.

Few in Ghana are willing to take the political risk of advocating tolerance, said Gabby Otchere-Darko, the editor of Ghana's Statesman paper.

"Even those who control the media are not willing to be tolerant to views that are sympathetic to homosexuality. That is the biggest problem," he said.

"We need to accept there are certain things there is no point in policing."

Ghanaian laws prohibit unnatural carnal acts - a definition which is widely understood to include homosexuality although in practice, few have been prosecuted for homosexual acts.

Secret sexuality

But in this environment, it is little surprise that some choose to keep their sexuality secret, sometimes even from their closest relatives.

Rose, 26, has yet to tell her mother she is gay and does not want her family name to be published.

"My mum asks me if I have boyfriends, I always lie to her and say yes," she said.

For others, their identity is quite simply something which should not be hidden.

"I think they should accept who we are. Nobody came to earth to learn gay life. We were born with it. It is not about having sex. It is two men in love. They should look at that side of it," said Joseph.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/03/14 08:19:57 GMT

BBC 2011

9th July 2011, 07:28 PM
Sad how some parent cloud their judgment with some religious ish,when their kids play for a different team.dig deeper and this mother will tell you she is a christian.

Fashion Yaa
17th July 2011, 03:56 PM
thanks for the responds sweetie...

another thing that is sad is as you said the clinging on to christian values when in fact many of our African traditions are an offense to it.....for instance polygamy(1man several wives) I think this practice is one of the reasons Soddom and Gomorrah was burned yet they always single out homoerotic pleasure

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
17th July 2011, 04:08 PM
Where did tolerance go ? I read somewhere a few days ago about Ghanaian Christians demonstrating against homos. So then i ask, will Jesus kick homos out or love them ?

Fashion Yaa
17th July 2011, 04:19 PM
hm you have said it my dear, What would Jesus do? or What would Mohamed do? if ghana wants to be as rich or richer than South Africa(its legal there) one day, it better start airing on the side of history before it gets left behind