This week read about LGBT Ukrainians fearing being targeted, and the intersex community wanting to be removed from Ghana's anti-gay bill.

LGBT Ukrainians Fear They Are Being Targeted

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ukraine have been fighting for years to be accepted as equal members of society.

But now, as Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion threatens Ukraine's very existence — and amid fears that LGBT activists are on a Russian kill list exposed by the U.S. intelligence community in recent days — international organizations are working to protect LGBT Ukrainians fighting to save a country that has yet to accept them as full citizens.

“The main fear at this moment is that if they will be successful, we lose everything that we have,” said the volunteer coordinator of KyivPride Jul Sirous. “Unfortunately, if this city will be occupied like other cities, then there will be some persecution against LGBT people.”






Ghana’s Intersex Community Wants To Be Removed From Anti-Gay Bill


 Entrance to Ghana's Parliament House. Credit: Fkoku, Wikipedia.

Ghana's intersex community has asked parliament to exclude them from the contentious anti-gay law presently before the constitutional, legal, and parliamentary affairs committee.

According to Ghana Web, the intersex community is asking to be removed from this bill because they state their conditions are biological rather than sexual, and therefore cannot be criminalized.

While addressing the 3rd public hearing of the committee on the bill in Parliament, Director of Key Watch Ghana, Shun Adjei, demanded clauses in the bill will damage the rights of the intersex community.

“This bill seeks to prohibit organizations, such as outs from providing support of any kind. This bill seeks to force surgeries and treatment in intersex persons, infants, and also enforce a culture of silence” Adjei said.


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