This week read about Boy George releasing a song to honor Ghana's LGBT community, and a Polish town that claims to be "free of LGBT" paying a price.

Boy George to Release Song in Honor of Ghana's LGBT Community

In support of the LGBT community in Ghana, Boy George, a British musician, announced that he will release a song.

The statement comes in the midst of recent widespread opposition to the group's efforts to gain recognition in Ghana, including a police raid on the LGBT+ Rights Ghana center in Accra on February 25.

According to Music In Africa, the reggae track implores President Nana Akufo-Addo to come to the aid of the LGBT community, many of whom say they live in fear.

“I sing to you, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo,” Boy George sings in a teaser video on his Instagram page. “We’ve got issues / let’s sing about them / here are my feelings / I can’t live without them ... Can you hear me Ghana? / We stand beside you to live that dream of being free / Can we be free till you are free?”

Boy George's song for Ghana is expected to be released in the coming days.



Polish Town ‘Free of LGBT’ Pays a Price


Kraśnik, Poland. Photo via Facebook.

The mayor of Kraśnik, Wojciech Wilk, didn't see any harm in what proved to be a symbolic and legally meaningless act when local councilors approved a resolution declaring their small town in southeastern Poland "clean of LGBT" two years ago.

According to The New York Times, this has become a costly embarrassment for Kraśnik and it has jeopardized millions of dollars in foreign funding.

In protest, a French town broke relations with Kraśnik last year. The mayor had hoped to get $10 million from Norway to finance development projects, but in September the country announced it would not send grants to any Polish town that considers itself free of LGBT.

Wilk expressed concern that unless his town's "free of LGBT" status is revoked, he will have no chance of obtaining international funds to support electric buses and youth services, which he believes are particularly necessary because young people are retiring.