ROME, JUL 24 – An anti-gay bill presented to the Ghanaian parliament could include the possibility of imposing up to 10 years in prison for LGBTQ + people, groups and individuals who defend their rights by expressing sympathy or offering social or medical support to the community. The project is set to become one of the most draconian and radical anti-gay laws ever proposed in the world. The Guardian reports it. Support for intersex people would also be criminalized and the government could direct them to receive “gender realignment” surgery, under the bill. A copy of the bill on the promotion of human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values was leaked to the public and was widely circulated online and confirmed as authentic by diplomats with access to the same bill, arousing both outrage and fear among the human rights activists. The possibility of harsh new laws against homosexuals was welcomed by numerous parliamentarians and supported by various figures in the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo. “Homosexuality is not a human right. It’s sexual preference, ”Sam Nartey George, an MP who described gay rights as a“ perversion ”and led the group of lawmakers who drafted the legislative proposal, said in a Twitter post. “We will pass this bill”, assured the Ghanaian deputy. Parliament has not yet appointed a committee to review the bill, which will likely be subject to several amendments before it is approved. Nana Ama Agyemang Asante, a journalist and activist in Accra, said she was “stunned by the content, the crudeness of the language and the cruelty behind the intent” of the bill. “I’ve spent all my time as a journalist advocating for gay rights, so I can’t believe we’ve come; this is where they want to criminalize everything and everyone, including the existence of allies, intersex and asexual people.” (HANDLE).