QASA Statement on Anti-LGBTI Bill in Ghana

March 5, 2024

Last week, Ghana’s parliament voted to pass the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill (Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill); if signed by President Nana Akufo-Addo, the law will criminalize merely identifying as LGBTQ with up to 3 years imprisonment, and “promoting” LGBTQ+ rights with 3-5 years. This bill targets the very existence of already deeply marginalized people; it threatens human rights activists and journalists; and it endangers Ghana’s constitutional democracy. The Queer African Studies Association condemns this unjust bill, and urges President Akufo-Addo not to sign it into law.

QUeer African Studies Association (QASA)

The Queer African Studies Association (QASA) is a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association. QASA held its inaugural meeting at the 2015 African Studies Association Annual Conference, which was held in San Diego. QASA aims to facilitate communication, develop networks, and share information among scholars, activists, students, and artists working in the areas of gender, sexuality, and queer studies in Africa.