Statement in Solidarity with LGBT+ Ghanaians by a Collective of Ghanaian Feminists



We are Ghanaian feminists writing in solidarity with LGBT+ Rights Ghana and queer and transgender Ghanaians everywhere. We write to show the community that you are not alone. Further, we hope this statement can help other Ghanaians who feel supportive know that they do not have to be cowed by the violent rhetoric of the government, the press, and the religious sector. The violence directed at the community in the wake of their office launch demonstrates the vitriolic conditions under which queer Ghanaians live and why such a community space is needed. We reject the current onslaught of religious, media, and state violence meted out against queer and transgender people, who are simply asserting their God-given right to exist with dignity and safety.

The backlash against LGBT+ Rights Ghana follows a trend of moral panic led by the media, religious groups, and political figures. Whenever queer Ghanaians demand rights, respect, and safety in our own country, these leaders use the guise of morality and concern to push a violent agenda. Their agenda is harmful to queer and trans Ghanaians, and it ultimately seeks to control how all Ghanaians live, regardless of their sexuality. We are already witnessing the toll these attacks take on people’s lives. As a result of the recent media frenzy, many LGBT+ persons are facing increasing threats of violence online, at work and in their homes. Community members have been threatened with evictions, forced marriage and employment termination.

As feminists, we believe that the patriarchal and colonial constructions of gender and sexuality that shape social expectations and norms not only hurt the LGBT+ community, but continue to keep other marginalized groups--including poor women, sex workers, people with dreadlocs, amongst others--oppressed and constantly policed. We align our political perspective with a radical vision of freedom and justice for all people in Ghana, which is also enshrined in our Constitution.


Of the undersigned, some of us identify as LGBT+, and others identify differently. Our genders are wide-ranging, our geographic locations are in Ghana and its vast Diaspora, and our life experiences are diverse. What binds us is a shared vision for the freedom and liberation of all people, particularly those who are most marginalised in our communities. We unapologetically and unreservedly stand in support of LGBT+ people to live with dignity and under safe conditions in Ghana. And we call on allies to do the work of speaking up for queer and trans people as they are subjected to violence by the state, religious institutions and the public.


For inquiries about this statement, please contact Dr. Anima Adjepong at adjepoaa@ucmail.uc.edu. You may add your name to the letter here.


Signed,


  1. Anima Adjepong, PhD, USA

  2. Nana Yaa Agyepong, Ghana

  3. Shakia Asamoah, USA

  4. Akua Gyamerah, DrPh, USA

  5. M. A. Marfo, Young Feminists Collective, Ghana

  6. Wunpini Mohammed, PhD, USA

  7. Rita Nketiah, PhD, Canada

  8. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Ghana

  9. Abena Benewaa Fosu, Ghana

  10. Malaika Aryee-Boi, Ghana

  11. Shelia Adufutse, Ghana

  12. Abena Awuku, Netherlands

  13. Raphaela M.A. Rockson, Ghana

  14. Fatima B. Derby, Ghana

  15. Godfried Asante, PhD, San Diego State University, USA

  16. Akosua Hanson, Ghana

  17. Abena Darko, Ghana

  18. Joseph Ewoodzie, PhD, Davidson College, USA

  19. Amma Dodi, USA

  20. Johlyn Fallah, UK

  21. Sylvia Bawa, PhD, York University, Canada

  22. Nobiana Dodi, USA

  23. Adwoa Asante, Ghanafeminism.com USA

  24. Makafui Ahorney, Ghana

  25. Sayidatu Mariam Ibrahim, University of Ghana, Ghana

  26. Ama Amponsah, Canada

  27. Elvina Quaison, Ghana

  28. Christine Hanson, SOH, Ghana

  29. Kafui Offori, Ghana

  30. Portia Asantewaa Duah, Feminist, Ghana

  31. Ria Boss, Ghana

  32. Adoley Pappoe, Israel

  33. Adaeze Williams, Nigeria

  34. Salma Shanni, Ghana

  35. Tracy N. K. Owoo, Ghana

  36. Debbie Frempong, USA

  37. Emma Dodi, USA

  38. Maame Akua Marfo, Ghana

  39. Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Canadian Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Canada

  40. Portia Asantewaa Duah, Videographer, Ghana

  41. Ismael Montana, PhD, Northern Illinois University, USA

  42. Shone Edem, Key Watch Ghana, Ghana

  43. Wisdom, Solace Initiative , Ghana

  44. Alliance for Equality and Diversity (AfED), Ghana

  45. Kwame Edwin Out, PhD, University of Virginia, USA

  46. Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu, FOKN Bois / Wanlov the Kubolor, Ghana

  47. Rose Afriyie, USA

  48. Yasmin Fuseini-Codjoe, USA

  49. Ewurabena S. Hutchful, USA

  50. Jeanne Barbara Debre, Ghana

  51. Selasie Dotse, USA

  52. Nana Yankah, Esq., Shia Travel Group, LLC, USA

  53. Akua Agyen, USA

  54. Amma Gyamfowa, Canada

  55. Keya Prempeh, Canada

  56. Phillip Adu, Canada

  57. Chris Akyah, USA

  58. Olivet Aggrey-Fynn Makiava , USA

  59. Madonna Kendona, Accra, Ghana

  60. Kofi Ofosu, PHD, University of Texas at Austin, USA

  61. Elfreda Tetteh, Germany

  62. Betty Esi Awuku, The Netherlands

  63. Malaka Grant, South Africa

  64. Serena Dankwa, University of Bern, Switzerland

  65. Yvette Tetteh, Pure and Just Company, Ghana

  66. Jessica Longdon, United Kingdom

  67. Ayesha Harruna Attah, Senegal

  68. Dshamilja Adeifio, University of Teacher Training, Switzerland

  69. Maame Akua Marfo, Ghana

  70. Sefakor Agbesi, Germany

  71. Nnenna Onuoha, Germany

  72. Kuukuwa Manful, U.K.

  73. Teki Martei, Ghana

  74. Panji Anoff, Pidgen Music, Ghana

  75. Selinam Setranah, Ghana

  76. Naa Oyo S. Quartey Papafio, Switzerland

  77. Anita Enyonam Kwaku (Naa Busuafi), Afed, Ghana

  78. Gabriella Rockson, Ghana

  79. Hauwa Uthman, Ghana

  80. Sel Kofiga, The Slum Studio, Ghana

  81. Daniela Gyeabour, Canada

  82. Germaine Bombande, Ghana

  83. Esinam Agbeyaka, Canada

  84. Nana Akua Amoafoa Mensah , Ghana

  85. Owiredua Akrofi, UK

  86. Nana Aba Armoo-Daniels, USA

  87. Dorcas Amoah, Brooklyn, NY

  88. Owiredua Akrofi, UK

  89. Dorothy L. Hammond, University of Ghana, Ghana

  90. Kinna Likimani, Ghana

  91. Tawakalitu Braimah, Women in AI, France

  92. Nii Kotei Nikoi, PhD, USA

  93. Aseye Afi-Djangmah, Ghana

  94. Naa Korkoi, Ghana

  95. Afia Kwakyewaa Owusu-Nyantakyi, Ghana

  96. Fouzia Alhassan, Ghana

  97. Justice Okai-Allotey, Humanist Association of Ghana, Ghana

  98. Caren Akoto-Adade, Ghana

  99. Angela Otoo, Drama Queens, Ghana

  100. Jacob Alhassan, Canada

  101. Prof. Senam Okudzeto, Director Art in Social Structures, Switzerland

  102. Franka Hagan, Ghana







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