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Uganda, Ghana, Malawi Push Back at UK Threat to Cut Aid Over Laws Which Criminalize Homosexuality

Several African nations are responding with anger after UK Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to slash one type of bilateral aid known as general budget support to countries that refuse to reform laws which criminalize homosexuality.

CameronMr Cameron said he had spoken with "a number of African countries" and that more pressure had been applied by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who deputised for him during parts of the summit. Some 41 nations within the 54-member Commonwealth have laws banning homosexuality. Many of these laws are a legacy of British Empire laws.

From the Nyasa Times:

Malawi government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati said it was “unfortunate” for Britain to have “pro-gay strings” to aid. She said homosexual acts are illegal in Malawi and noted that these laws are a legacy of British rule...MCC chairperson Bishop Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe,  Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) chairperson the Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera  and Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) secretary Father George Buleya told reporters in Lilongwe that they were not happy with UK position on gay rights. Bvumbwe said British Prime Minister’s statements were 'unfortunate'  and they they regard them as 'unacceptable and provocative.'"

TettehGhana responds

(Ghana’s Trade and Industry Minister, Ms Hannah) Tetteh insists same sex relationships are unacceptable in African cultural set-ups and no amount of threats would make Ghana kowtow to UK’s threat. Interacting with a section of the media in Accra on Tuesday, Ms Tetteh stated that the western world has no right to force its cultural and moral orientations on Ghana and that the government will make its stance clear at the appropriate time. 'Every society has its norms and what it considers to be acceptable,' she said. 'In the Western world it is acceptable to have gay relationships and even move on to the next level to gay marriages, in our society it is unacceptable.'"

Uganda responds:

(Ugandan presidential adviser John) Nagenda accused Mr Cameron of showing an "ex-colonial mentality" and of treating Ugandans "like children". "Uganda is, if you remember, a sovereign state and we are tired of being given these lectures by people," he told the BBC's Newshour programme. "If they must take their money, so be it."...Mr Nagenda said he doubted that the Ugandan parliament would ever approve a bill which proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts. "I believe it will die a natural death. But this kind of ex-colonial mentality of saying: 'You do this or I withdraw my aid' will definitely make people extremely uncomfortable with being treated like children," Mr Nagenda said.

Said Cameron: "This is an issue where we are pushing for movement, we are prepared to put some money behind what we believe. But I'm afraid that you can't expect countries to change overnight. Britain is one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights. We are saying that is one of the things that determines our aid policy, and there have been particularly bad examples where we have taken action."


Talk Show Appearance Leads To Jail For Three Gay Men In Ghana

GhanaflagThree men, all lovers, appeared on a Jerry Springer-esque TV show in Ghana to dish about their romantic difficulties. The Ghanian police didn't like it. According to GhanaWeb:

The police, who were shocked at what transpired, quickly apprehended the three suspects without hesitation, as their several pleas to the senior police officers for pardon after their quarrels landed them in trouble.

The suspects were Inusah Issifu, 27, pork dealer, Samuel Lartey, a 19-year old student and Kingsley Quansah, a 25-year-old caterer. Two other persons also believed to be gay and connected to the arrested persons were currently on the run.

One was named Charles and the other Obolo. All three arrested persons were said to be residents of Tema. Some of the items retrieved from them at the time of the arrest were water-based lubricant suspected to be used for penetration, petroleum jell, dressing mirror, tooth brush and paste and dresses among others.

Superintendent Alex C. Wowolo, who confirmed the incident to Daily Guide, noted that on October 19, 2011, one of the arrested persons, Samuel, reported a case of unnatural carnal knowledge against Inusah and alleged that he suspected Inusah of lacing his drink with tranquilizers which made him fall asleep.

Samuel Lartey He told the police that while he was asleep, he felt some heaviness on him and woke up only to see Inusah sodomizing him and even though he wanted to free himself, he could not because his assailant was too heavy for him to overpower ...

... and so on. Later, Samuel admitted that he was Inusah's willing lover, and he "begged the police for mercy." You can read the whole sad mess here. Check out the comments section. Ghanians, in the main, don't seem to be fans of mercy. Although homosexual acts are only a misdemeanor in Ghana, the prevailing public sentiment is most succinctly expressed by the commenter who wrote:

Don't send them to prison. They will surely convert all inmates into homosexuals. The only solution is to CUT OFF THEIR MANHOOD and close up the open with plastic through surgery.

(HT: The Edge.)


Presbyterian Church of Ghana to Set Up Gay 'Cure' Centers

Following calls from a regional Ghanaian Minister to arrest all homosexuals, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana says it plans to "pray the gay away" at special therapy centers, Ghana News Agency reports:

Ghana The church has therefore called on the government to come out with a clear position on homosexuality in the country, to enable the church to offer the necessary support in helping to reduce the spread of the practice in the society.
   
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCG, Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey said this at the commissioning of 36 Ministerial Probationers of the church at the Ranseyer Congregation, at Abetifi.
   
He said homosexuality was spreading fast in the society and urged the country’s leaders and Ministers to put up effective measures to check it and transform the destiny of the country.

Meanwhile, Think Progress LGBT reports that Commissioner on Human Rights and Administrative Justice Lauretta Lamptey says she was misquoted by media in recent reports and she does not favor the decriminalization of homosexuality:

I did not advocate that homosexuality should be decriminalized. My view is that, it currently isn’t clear whether it is even criminal and that if the view of the society is that it should be then, there should be a debate about that. [...] In my view I don’t think as a society we are ready to give homosexuals, lesbians the whole category of people any of those kind of rights.


Ghanaians Objecting to Government's Order to Arrest Gays are Silent for Fear of Being Labeled Homosexual

In mid-July I posted about the new gay witch hunt being undertaken by officials in Ghana.

Ghana Here's more on the frightening situation:

“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” Paul Evans Aidoo, Ghana’s Western Regional Minister said in a statement referring to the homosexual community in Ghana. The minister asked landlords and residence of western region to report anyone deem homosexual to the police for arrest.

The rage on the homosexual community is not just from officialdom. Both Christian and Muslim communities in Ghana have both issue statement condemning homosexuals and calling on the state to crack down on them. “If homosexuality is tolerated, very soon the human race will be extinct,” Reverend Stephen Wengan, a religious leader, said in an op-ed he wrote for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

Apart from a very few people such as Lawyer Akoto Ampaw who spoke very passionately against the on-going persecution of the LGBT community, no one is asking for calm. Not even the numerous Ghanaian human rights groups. It seems anyone who attempts to speak out against the apparent human rights violation and the seeming unconstitutional rallying cry is labelled a homosexual. And in a very homophobic society, that is enough to silent critics and continue the rage.

War on Homosexuals in Ghana [ghana web]


News: Bob Fosse, Ghana, Oslo's Heartbreak, The Avengers

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 road John Stamos on his Hairspray character, Corny Collins: "Kind of like a straight Ryan Seacrest."

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 road Remember when we thought the Commodore 64 was the ultimate in technology? Now we're all like, "What's a keyboard?"

 road Correctional officers contradict claims that Brandon McInerney, accused of killing gay classmate Lawrence King, prescribes to white supremacist politics.

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 road Amy Winehouse's last time on stage. RIP.

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 road Ghana human rights group on resurrection of that nation's anti-gay legislation: "It is promoting hatred - and it's creating a divided society where gay people will be antagonised or attacked or blackmailed... When a minister of state and government starts relating such messages it can't help society."

 road The Avengers' heroes disassembled.

 road Questions about when same-sex couples with children decide to get married: "Marrying when you already have children scrambles the traditional order of things, giving deeper meaning to some parts of the process, and raising questions about the significance of others. What does marriage change when you have been together for so many years? What does marriage mean when you have already signed piles of legal documents that declare yourselves each other’s health care proxies, and heirs and guardians of your children?"

 road Two gay men injured during a "bar check" in Fort Worth, Texas,  have settled with the city: "The state agreed to pay $210,000 to Chad Gibson, who suffered a head injury, and $15,000 to George Armstrong, who suffered a torn rotator cuff, during their arrests at the Rainbow Lounge in June 2009. As part of the settlement, the men agreed not to sue the agency. In an earlier settlement with the city of Fort Worth, Gibson was awarded $400,000 and Armstrong $40,000."

 road Oslo attacks more horrific than we thought: Officials originally reported only about ten people were killed during yesterday's attack on a Norwegian youth camp. As the investigation progressed, however, they have now raised that total to 85 victims. Just terrible.

 road Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon has been accused of an "aggressive, unwanted sexual encounter" with a young woman. This comes after Wu has been accused of "erratic" behavior with both staff and constituents, including circulating pictures of himself dressed as a tiger, which is tame compared to some other Congressmen's virtual exchanges.

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 road Just one? "There was at least one downside to Farinelli's castration. The operation may have preserved the 18th-century singer's treble voice into adulthood, making him a musical legend, but it also condemned him to a skull deformity that may have affected his mind."

 road This is great news: "On Friday, the Miami-Dade Public School District ammended the language of its anti-bullying and harassment policy to explicitly include unwanted harm against any student or teacher based on “sexual orientation and gender identity."


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