This week read about a new anti-LGBT bill in Ghana, and a town that is known to be homophobic raising the Pride flag in Australia.
Ghana’s New Anti-LGBT Bill Goes To Parliament
Supporters and opponents of Ghana's new anti-LGBT law sparred in parliament on Wednesday during the first public hearings on the proposed legislation, which would make being gay, bisexual, or transgender a criminal.
According to Reuters, when Akoto Ampaw, a lawyer representing a group opposing the bill, informed the session that the Family Values bill would be "totalitarian" and "unconstitutional," he was received with jeers.
On the other hand, Abraham Ofori-Kuragu, a representative of Ghana's Pentecostal council, told a heated meeting of MPs and reporters that the bill reflected the wishes of the majority of Ghanaians.
There have been no nationwide surveys on the law, which has been denounced by United Nations human rights experts. However, advocates claim that the measure has widespread support in the predominantly Christian West African country.
‘Australia’s Most Homophobic Town’ Raises Pride Flag
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Daniel Howard, also known as "Daniel Kitty," is a drag queen who grew up in what was previously known as "Australia's most homophobic town."
The 24-year-old is from Ulverstone, a tiny coastal town on Tasmania's northwest coast with a population of almost 15,000 people.
According to ABC News, its local council was previously a hotbed of controversy over the decriminalization of homosexuality in Tasmania, the last state to do so, which was approved in 1994.
The rainbow flag was hoisted over council chambers this morning in Ulverstone, the second Tasmanian council to do so after Hobart, to commemorate pride in Tasmania's north-west.
During the decriminalization discussion in the 1980s and 1990s, the Central Coast Council — originally the Ulverstone Municipal Council — created a name for itself.
"I think that, if there is a Pride flag flying proudly in the town centre then it would change the minds and attitudes of a lot of people,” said Howard.