Anti-gay sentiment is spreading across Ghana, which is celebrating the first victory for Africa in World Cup 2010.
On Friday June 4, an estimated 3,000 young people took to the streets of Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis in the nation's first anti-gay demonstration. The protest followed reports "alleged gay marriages and parties" in the mostly Muslim city.
"The protest’s organisers are calling on the government to criminalise homosexuality, calling it an ‘ungodly act’. 'Ghana will suffer more than the experience of Sodom and Gomorrah, should we embrace this practice in this country,' said the rally’s leader Saeed Hamid. He urged the protesters not to take the law into their own hands and attack alleged gay people – but promised to gather up a nationwide protest movement if the government did not take action to punish homosexuality in Ghana."
The report at GhanaWeb is somewhat sensational, claiming "over 2,000 registered homosexuals are said to be roaming" the city and young boys are being "lured" into sex parties. A recent op-ed on GhanaWeb in support of gays and lesbians and criticizing religious fanatics prompted hundreds of extreme anti-gay comments.
In related news: The Ghana AIDS Commission is calling for a new HIV-specific criminal law against "deliberate" transmission, according to Ghanian radio station JOY. The report claims deliberate HIV transmission is "very prevalent" in Ghana and some poz persons "even go to radio stations to boast of their escapades."
At least 25 African countries now have HIV-specific criminal laws, reports the blog Criminal HIV Transmission.