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"Ghana will be destroyed if homosexuality is legalized" – Muslims warnLGBT rights in Ghana are heavily suppressed. Physical and violent homophobic attacks against LGBT people are common, often encouraged by the media and religious and political leaders.
Reports of young gay people being kicked out of their homes are also common.
Despite the Constitution guaranteeing a right to freedom of speech, of expression and of assembly to Ghanaian citizens, these fundamental rights are actively denied to LGBT people.
There is historical evidence of homosexuality in Ghana. In the 18th and 19th century, Asante courts (modern day Ghana) male slaves served as concubines. They dressed like women and were killed when their master died. In the Kingdom of Dahomey, eunuchs were known as royal wives and played an important part at court.
Homosexuality in Ghana was criminalised in the 1860s
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Law regarding same-sex sexual activity in GHANAUnder Ghanaian criminal law, same-sex sexual activity is illegal.
Chapter 6 of the Criminal Code, 1960, as amended by the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2003, provides:
Section 104. Unnatural Carnal Knowledge.
(1) Whoever has unnatural carnal knowledge —
(a) of any person of the age of sixteen years or over without his consent shall be guilty of a first degree felony and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than twenty-five years; or
(b) of any person of sixteen years or over with his consent is guilty of a misdemeanour; or
(c) of any animal is guilty of a misdemeanour.
(2) Unnatural carnal knowledge is sexual intercourse with a person in an unnatural manner or with an animal.
Under Section 99, "unnatural carnal knowledge shall be deemed complete upon proof of the least degree of penetration".
According to Section 296 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which applies because of Section 1 of the Criminal Code, a misdemeanour is punishable by imprisonment for not more than three years.
Whilst the law may not be actively enforced, reports suggest that instances of persecution are widespread and common.