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Video Of Homophobic Beating In Ghana Sparks Pushback From Ghanaian Celebrities: WATCH


Ghanaian music promoter Kinto found himself the target of an angry homophobic mob in Ghana after being accused of meeting up with another man for sex. The attackers filmed the beating and posted it to social media - because violent homophobes tend not to be the brightest crayon in the box - where it not only got the attention of police, who arrested one assailant and said that Kinto had been "framed", but also of celebrities in Ghana's music industry.

Rather than sharing the opinions of most of their countrymen, the celebrities who spoke up not only condemned the attack on Kinto, but also began questioning and condemning Ghana's anti-gay laws themselves. Pop star Wanlov said:

It should be legalized. It shouldn't be against the law. 

Singer Efya spoke out on Twitter to condemn the attacks and homophobia in general:

Social media in general is seeing an outbreak in this discussion, but amidst the condemnation of the attack itself still runs a current of homophobia. Rapper C-Real said in an online video that he doesn't suspect being gay in Ghana will ever be ok, at least not in his lifetime.

You can watch a video of BBC's coverage of the attack and response AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: violent imagery) 

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Riot Leaves One Dead After Students Try to Lynch Gay Classmates at School in Ghana

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St. Paul’s Senior High School in Danu, Ghana had a riot on their hands last week when students in the all-boys school reportedly tried to lynch two of their own on accusations of sodomy. Allegedly two boys were caught in the act, so the rest of the student body tried to deliver what they called 'instant justice.' Teachers generally are opposed to their students trying to murder each other, even in the world's most homophobic country, so two teachers intervened to try and stop the lynching.

The results were disastrous. The students rioted, stormed the teacher's bungalow, smashed car windscreens, destroyed school property, barricaded the roads in the school compound and burned truck tires. When the police were called in, the students began throwing rocks at the police, who in turn fired warning shots to try to disperse the mob. Unfortunately, one of the warning shots turned lethal as it struck student Adio Rakhib in the head and the boy was allegedly allowed to bleed out on the ground until classmates transported him via bicycle first to a clinic and later a hospital. The boy did not survive.

Rakhib's uncle, Yushau Turawah, is blaming the police for their "unprofessional" use of live ammo, and the school for allowing the situation to degenerate to violence.

Study Finds Global Acceptance Of Homosexuality And Gay Rights Is Rising

A new study conducted by the NORC of the University of Chicago and the Wiliams Institute at the UCLA School of Law shows global acceptance of homosexuality increased over the last two decades in a release posted on the Williams Institute website. The results were released Nov. 7 in Washington D.C. during a meeting regarding LGBT rights, global stigma and economic growth.

WI-LOGO-NEW-330x170Around 90 percent of residents in the countries that were surveyed became more accepting of homosexuality over the span of 20 years. The study reviewed responses to 2000 survey questions asked in hundreds of surveys about general attitudes toward gays and lesbians between 1981 and the present. The Director of International Programs at the Williams Institute, Andrew Park, commented on the study.

Said Park:

"Available research on global public acceptance of lesbians and gay men is limited. This study shows a clear trend toward increasing acceptance across the globe."

Norc-330x80Findings show that women are generally more accepting than men of gays and lesbians, and younger people below the age of 30 are more accepting of homosexuality than those that are 65 and older, and tend to remain supportive as they age.

The highest rate of acceptance is in the Northwestern countries of Europe with an acceptance rate of 91 percent and the lowest rate of acceptance is in the African country of Ghana with a measely 2 percent. Surprisingly, the study listed the U.S., the majority of African and Muslim countries as some of the most accepting countries of homosexuality however, most African countries that were surveyed ranked in the bottom third of all the other countries in the world in regards to their level of acceptance of lesbian and gay people.

With new, even harsher anti-gay laws proposed in Uganda, and transphobic attacks still occurring in the U.S. with limited hate crime law protections, serves as a reminder that attitudes may be changing, but the fight for civil rights and protections is far from over.

The complete report on the study is available on the Williams Institute website.

Muslim Youth Lynch Gay Man, Hunt for His Escaped Partner: Report

Ghanaian media are reporting that a gang of Muslim youth lynched a gay man in the neighborhood of Nima, in Accra, Ghana, and are hunting for his partner:

GhanaA source told DAILY GUIDE that Salisu was a known homosexual in the area, and all advice by Islamic clerics and family, for him to change his sexual orientation had fallen on deaf ears. However, the real trouble began when another suspected homosexual by name Yaw Nkrumah came to live in the area, and the pair started flaunting their romantic relationship in the Muslim-dominated area.

The source revealed that matters got to a head last week when two men, whose identities DAILY GUIDE could not establish at the time of going to press, confronted Yaw Nkrumah about his ‘ignominious’ relationship with Salisu, and the former called their bluff, resulting in a scuffle. The two men went to mobilize about 30 men who stormed the house of Yaw Nkrumah, where they stripped him naked and lynched him.

Not satisfied, the group proceeded to the house of Nkrumah’s partner, Salisu, but the latter had prior information of their arrival, and escaped just in the nick of time.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the youth had resolved to hunt down the young man in order to eliminate what they referred to as a “curse”.

Police told the Daily Guide that they have difficulty identifying the perpetrators in anti-gay mobas because the "community (Nima) frowns upon snitching”.

Ghanaian President Would Rather Not Discuss Gay Marriage

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama paid a visit to Kennesaw State University for the school's final portion of its year long study of the Republic of Ghana. The Year of Ghana marked the 29th annual country study for the University; next year, Japan.

MahamaghanaIn his discussion with University president Dan Papp, Mahama was cagey regarding his opinions on same-sex marriage, opting to discuss the Ghanaian public's feelings on the matter.  Earlier this year, however, Towleroad reported on his more staunchly anti-gay stance: "Homosexual conduct which is unnatural carnal knowledge of one person or another is criminal and punishable by the laws of Ghana."

The Marietta Daily Journal reports:

Mahama was asked on Monday whether he supported gay rights in Ghana, specifically gay marriage. 

“Well, like you’re saying, even here the question is not settled,” Mahama said, referring to how some states in the U.S. allow gay marriage and some do not. “It’s controversial. And it’s the same, it’s controversial everywhere else, especially in Africa. It’s a difficult situation, but I guess it’s something that –– it’s very difficult to comment on because often it creates more problems. People have a certain cultural hostility towards it, but I believe that laws must prevail. For instance, people must not be beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, but in my country there is a strong cultural hostility towards it.”

Mahama laughed when asked if he would support gay marriage in Ghana in the future. 

“It’s very difficult for me to ... I’d rather not comment on it,” he said. 

Mahama's visit to the University marks the first time the school has hosted a current head of state.

Ghanaian Musician Wants 'Romantic Date' With Homophobic Peer

WanlovGhanaian musician Wanlov the Kubolor did something pretty remarkable on Valentine's Day, something many musicians wouldn't do even here in the relatively more gay-friendly States.

In a country where gay sex remains illegal, Wanlov told a radio host, "Gays are cool and not people who are out to rape you or anything." The remark was directed at Blakk Rasta, another Ghanaian musician with a history of gay bashing.

For Valentine's Day, Wanlov said, "God should turn me into a gay so that I can go on a romantic date with Blakk Rasta."

"I want this wish because I want Blakk Rasta to know that gays are cool and not people who are out to rape you or anything," he said. "I only want to be gay and achieve that dream with Blakk Rasta and no one. After the date, then I will want God to make me straight again." It's not the most positive endorsement for gay love I've heard, but definitely worth a shout out.

Unfortunately, Blakk Rasta's set in his way. According to him, his Rastafarian beliefs prohibit him from even entertaining the idea of liking gay people.

"I am a Rastaman and we do not take gay relationships lightly," he said after Wanlov made his comment. "It is not as if we do not know that gays have their basic human rights, but we do not support what they do, as in having sexual intercourse with a person of same sex."

He went on, "It is not that we are saying they should be beaten up, but we say it is an abominable act and we do not want to associate with it. So for Wanlov to say that about me, I am sure he was having a big joke or something. But if he is serious, then I am sorry because he would get disappointed. It won't happen."

Wanlov, I'm sure, could do far better.


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