This week read about Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi fighting against Ghana's anti-LGBT bill, and Iran executing two gay men.

Trans Woman Fights Anti-LGBT Bill

While transitioning is not illegal in Ghana, it may soon become so if a new law is passed, which will tighten anti-LGBT regulations, rendering same-sex relations illegal.

One trans woman in Ghana, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, is taking a stand against the bill through her art and activism.

The photos, called "Rituals of Becoming," were initially shown by Fiatsi in 2017. In Ghanaian galleries, enthusiastic audiences came to view the show.

Her art depicts how LGBT people in Ghana have worked around legal and societal barriers to carve out a place to express themselves.

Fiatsi is concerned that even that little window of opportunity may be narrowing with the proposed bill, which, if passed, would put her in jeopardy every time she puts on a dress.

“To say I’m afraid is an understatement, but I am what I am,” said Fiatsi to Reuters. “It feels like waiting to be slaughtered.”



Iran Executes Gay Men


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After spending six years on death row, Iran has executed two gay men convicted on sodomy charges, adding to a long list of LGBT people executed on the same charges.

Iran is often considered one of the most repressive places in the world for the LGBT community. These two men were sentenced to death for “forced sexual intercourse between two men” and were hanged.

Sodomy, rape, adultery, armed robbery, and murder are all crimes that can result in the death penalty in Iran.

Two more individuals were killed in the same allegations in Maragheh last July, according to AP News. In addition, Iran hanged 299 people last year, four of whom were convicted of crimes they committed as children.


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