In a shocking incident, George Opoku Mensah, a former broadcast journalist and morning show host at Opemsuo Radio 104.1FM in the Ashanti Region, narrowly escaped a violent attack over the weekend. The incident occurred during a funeral on the outskirts of Kumasi, where he was accused of promoting homosexuality and gayism through the Royal channel, a move perceived as an affront to the cultural values and royalty of Asanteman.
The assault on George Opoku Mensah was averted by the timely intervention of opinion leaders present at the funeral. The assailants, driven by anger over what they deemed the promotion of an “abominable” act, targeted the journalist, raising concerns about the safety of individuals advocating for LGBTQ rights in the country.
In response to the incident, discussions around LGBTQ rights have gained momentum in the Ghanaian Parliament. Legislators from both the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposing National Democratic Congress (NDC) are considering proscribing the activities of the LGBTQ community, citing the need to promote what they term as “proper human sexuality” among Ghanaians.
Homosexuality remains a highly controversial and divisive issue in Ghana, with widespread societal disapproval. The proposed legislation, if enacted, would further restrict the rights of the LGBTQ community in the country. Ghana is among many African nations where such activities face strong opposition from the majority of the population.
However, amidst the push for the prohibition of LGBTQ activities, Ghana’s Minister responsible for Communication, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has taken a stand against including a ban on sex enhancement accouterments as part of the new law under consideration. The minister’s dissent adds an additional layer of complexity to the ongoing debate surrounding the proposed legislation.
As the nation grapples with this contentious issue, the incident involving George Opoku Mensah serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by those advocating for LGBTQ rights in a society where such matters remain deeply sensitive and divisive. The outcome of parliamentary discussions will undoubtedly shape the landscape of LGBTQ rights in Ghana.