Don't jail gays, says son of Ghana independence leader

From Gay Star News:

Sekou Nkrumah (Photo courtesy of
Sekou Nkrumah (Photo courtesy of

Dr. Sekou Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, has spoken out against anti-gay laws and persecution of LGBTs in the West African nation.

Nkurmah said homosexuals should not be prosecuted. …

Currently Ghana has no explicit laws criminalizing homosexuality but a colonial era law banning ‘unnatural carnal knowledge’ has sometimes been applied to cases involving LGBT people and Nkrumah has called for the law to be clarified.

Nkurmah made the comments following Ghanaian Anglican Archbishop Yinkah Sarfo condemning comments by retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu that he would rather go to hell than a homophobic heaven.

‘Archbishop Tutu is respected in the Anglican Church and around the world but this time he has misfired and all Anglican Bishops from Africa, Asia and South America condemn his statement in no uncertain terms,’ Sarfo told Adom News.

For more information, read the full article in Gay Star News: “Son of Ghana independence leader says gays must be tolerated.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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