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On this day May 17, CEPEHRG, the LGBT family in Ghana and around the world mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by reaffirming the dignity and inherent worth of all people, regardless of who they love or their gender identity. On this significant Day, we are also celebrating the day that the World Health Organization scrapped Homosexuality off the disease list.
The theme for the 2017 celebration is “LOVE MAKES A FAMILY”. CEPEHRG acknowledges the fact that families are one of the most crucial building blocks of our societies, and this is why families matter.
To CEPEHRG, family means a lot more than a relative by blood or marriage. It means the people who accept you no matter who you are, where there's no hatred or judgment.
LGBT individuals are forced to conceal or deny who they truly are for fear of persecution, discrimination, rejection and violence. This places most LGBTs at higher risk of severe mental health problems.
On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we want to remind homophobic Ghanaians that as a community we have our own family within which we show unconditional love and accept each other for who we are.
“I’m gay.” Two seemingly simple words. But how a parent or caregiver receives these words can be anything but simple. Many accept and support their children. Some don’t know what to say or do. Others become angry or throw their children out of the house.
Families who perpetuate hate and all sort of abuse to their children in the name of religion, take note that the Family is the first place where children can find out about love, companionship and forgiveness. How as a religious family you respond to your adolescent child when you find out they are Gay can have a powerful impact on his or her health and well-being for the rest of his life.
To Ghanaian parents with Gay children whose actions and inactions have led to your child committing suicide, suffering from depression and or dying from an infectious disease we name and shame you on this DAY. As parents and as Families we are supposed to provide all members with unconditional love and security regardless of sexual orientation or Gender Identity. The family must be a place of life, not a place of death.
Source: Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights - Ghana (CEPEHRG)