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Wherever I Go in Africa, I Will Advocate for Respect for LGBTQ Community – French Minister

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Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, French Minister of State for Development, Francophonie, and International Partnerships, has renewed her call for the LGBTQ+ community’s rights to be protected.

She pledged to continue advocating for the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queer people regardless of where she is located at a press conference in Accra on Monday, April 3.

Zacharopoulou emphasized the importance of ensuring that members of the LGBTQ+ community are not discriminated against and that their rights are protected during the conference.

“In my country and in the European Union, we promote human rights and of course in my Ministry, we have an ambassador to promote LGBT rights, so what I can say is that this is our values.

“… and wherever I go in Africa, I will continue to say that we have to respect all of us, the LGBT community, this is a question of human rights and I always say that,” she said in a report by local media.

She is the latest visiting politician to make pronouncements on same-sex relations at a time Ghana is nearing the passage of an anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

Last week, US Vice President Kamala Harris stated that LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. She made the remarks during a joint press conference with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of her three-day official visit to Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Over 30 African countries currently prohibit same-sex relationships, with the presidents of Kenya and Uganda, as well as other top politicians in both countries, openly opposing the orientation.

If Ghana’s bill becomes law, it would outlaw all forms of support for the LGBTQI+ community and propose jail terms for those who engage in same-sex relationships.

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