Recent weeks have seen an increase in anti-gay rhetoric coning from elected officials and media in the West African nation of Ghana. Last summer, President John Evans Atta Mills denounced homosexuality and the Western Region Minister announced the "immediate arrest of all homosexuals."
Accra-based Redd Kat Pictures decided to explore same-sex issues in its monthly video series.
President John Mills, preachers, and Parliamentarians have made vigorous speeches about homosexuality being ungodly and un-African. In contest to these public statements, September's Talk Party explored life in Accra for young gay men. These men (from the Coalition Against Homophobia in Ghana) spoke proudly of their sexuality and answered questions from our curious crowd about the challenges of being gay in Ghana.
Many of the men seen in the video are from the Coalition Against Homophobia in Ghana, which was created last summer to respond to the attacks from government and media.
Under Ghanaian law, male same-sex sexual activity is officially illegal. Police have been accused of randomly arresting, detaining and beating suspected gay men.
In this context, the video of the "out and proud" gay men defending their humanity and sexuality is all the more amazing. Bless them for their courage and dedication. It's an amazing video. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...