A recently opened safe space for the LGBTQ+ community in Accra, Ghana, has had to close amid a flurry of homophobic incidents.
The centre only opened its doors in January which in itself caused controversy in the largely anti-LGBT African nation. In a double blow, there have been calls from political AND religious leaders for the centre to be closed down since its inception and it just became impossible to continue.
Same sex acts are illegal in Ghana and the majority of the population hold anti-LGBT sentiments.
LGBT+ Rights Ghana is a charity that was running the centre and was merely set up as a safe space in a country where gay people are systemically abused and threatened.
Using religion as a cover for homophobia is no new thing in Ghana with leaders in the past calling for members of the LGBTQ+ community to be murdered.
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