Adwoa Safo speaks on LGBT matters arising
The Minister designate for Gender, Children and Social protection and MP for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Sarah Adwoa Safo has declared her stance on the issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) operations in Ghana.
The MP for Dome-Kwabenya on her turn through the vetting process explained that the controversial issue of LGBT is unlawful and unacceptable in our society.
“Mr. Chair, the issue of LGBT is an issue that when mentioned creates some controversies but what I can say is that our laws are clear on such practices. It makes it criminal. Section 104 of the criminal code prohibits one from having unnatural carnal knowledge with another person. So on the issue of its criminality, it is non-negotiable”. She added “On the issue of our cultural norms, these practices are also frowned upon. So for me, these are two distinct clarities on the matter and that is what I strongly stand for”.
Following this some Ghanaians have lauded Adwoa Safo for speaking out and taking a clear standpoint on the issue of LGBT. In as much as the laws of the land frown on this, most of the high profiles who have a strong voice are unable to speak against it as most people assume it is because of the cordial relationship Ghana has with the European Union.
Taking into reference, the European Union in Ghana in a Facebook post has stated that, they support the promotion of LGBT1Q rights of the society in Ghana. “A couple of weeks ago, the EU in Ghana, participated in the opening of the new community space of the @LGBTRightsGhana. Equality, tolerance and respect for each other are core values of the EU”. This was after the association of LGBT organised a fund raising activity with the attendance of several diplomats including the Australian High Commissioner, Gregory Andrews who pledged to provide support to the group.