Gay in Ghana – A video

Skyline of Accra (en), Ghana
Skyline of Accra, Ghana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This hard hitting eight-minute video documentary is well worth watching.  It is the story of a young​ HIV positive​ gay man in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.  Released by AIDSPAN
its first-ever documentary is titled: “I didn’t want to bring shame on my family:”  being gay in Ghana. The description below edited from AIDSPAN’s description.

Click on this link to see the video on Vimeo.

The story is told from the perspective of Joe “Hillary” Afful, a dynamic and engaged leader in Ghana’s gay community. Hillary wants his story to help encourage gays and other men who have sex with men to not be afraid, to know their status and to take the appropriate measures to seek the right kind of medical attention.

His journey brings the viewer through the public health system in Ghana,  which is largely supported by international donors led by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria.

It reflects the challenges inherent in reaching those who are most vulnerable to infection by the disease, including gay men such as Hillary. This film underscores the impact of stigma, discrimination and ignorance on Ghana’s health system’s ability to effectively manage HIV.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at

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