Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George has threatened to physically beat the Australian ambassador to Ghana over his posture on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues (LGBTQ+) in the country.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) member was overly charged during an interview with Nana Aba Anamoah on Starr FM as he expresses his disdain towards the diplomat for his decision to have the ‘abominable’ sexual orientation legalized in Ghana.

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His demenaour is stemmed from the fact that the ambassador came to parliament to lobby the Speaker to help legalize LGBTQ+.

He also claimed the Ambassador further came to his constituency to incite the youth against him after he resisted LGBTQ+ on the floor of Parliament.

Ghana has a mixed record on its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It criminalizes “unnatural carnal knowledge” in section 104 (1) (b) of its Criminal Offences Act, which the authorities interpret as “penile penetration of anything other than a vagina.”

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However, the law is a colonial legacy that is rarely, if ever, enforced, and unlike several of its neighbors, Ghana has not taken steps in recent years to stiffen penalties against consensual same-sex conduct or to expressly criminalize sexual relations between women.

At least two government agencies, the Ghana Police Force and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), have reached out to LGBT people and taken proactive steps, including through providing human rights training workshops to help ensure their protection (this information culled from hrw.org).

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