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Sun Mar 15, 2020, 03:43 PM

A major LGBTQ rights conference is being blocked from hosting in Ghana

Ghana, one of 32 countries that currently outlaws homosexuality, has caved to conservative outlash and banned the Pan Africa ILGA (International, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans and Intersex Association) from occurring in the country. It was scheduled for this July in Accra, the country’s capital.

“(The) Ghana government won’t allow such (a) conference and that is it,” a spokesman for Cynthia Morrison, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, told Reuters. He would not provide further reasoning except to say that this decision was “not because of coronavirus.”

A spokesman for Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo further confirmed the ban to Reuters via text.

Pan-Africa ILGA’s 5th Annual Regional Conference was scheduled from July 27 to July 31. It would be their first since 2018, when they held their 4th Annual Conference in Botswana.

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