Ghana: Being Gay is a choice, allow LGBTQ+ community to be free– NPP Chair

By Papisdaff Abdullah

National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddy Blay

National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddy Blay is asking Ghanaians to allow people who want to be gays to live a free life in the country. Mr Blay argues, even though he does not subscribe to the practice of homosexuality, the public outcry and ongoing discussions are needless. He says the Ghanaian public’s “hypocrisy must stop”.

“I don’t subscribe to being gay because I’m not attracted by them, it’s a choice. But I don’t want to go into people’s bedrooms. I don’t want to see what they’re doing. If people want to be gay, I think it should be their own problem.  “I won’t go-ahead to be a persecutor of those who want to be together as man and man, or woman and woman. I think there’s too much hypocrisy about it. And we’ve been excited, emotions have been excited over it to the extent that we’re not sober over it. I honestly don’t see [what] the hullabaloo is all about. We should allow them,” he said.

Debate on the subject of homosexuality has been very heated in recent times with the majority of Ghanaians completely against the legalisation of the practice in the country. Some MPs including Ningo-Prampram MP Sam George have presented a bill – the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill – popularly called the anti-LGBTQ Bill, are lamenting the delay in progressing the proposed legislation through Parliament. Already two billborads advertising the LGBTQ+ community have been pulled down and vandalized. The affected community in turn, has threatened to put up more advertisements promoting Queer rights.

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