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A Ghanaian gay man popularly known as Justice Assan alias Sweet DD could be the luckiest person presently after a fourth attempt on his life by homophobes. Justice has received consideration to receive asylum. He was nearly lynched a month ago in Michel Camp a residential area around a military encampment in Accra after he was bumped into attempting to have sex with another man.
Assan who luckily escaped with his life and has gained a lot of consideration as an asylum seeker in Canada. Allegedly, the attempt on his life was the 4th time he was almost beaten up by angry youth in the country.
Ghana has a huge anti-gay population with a majority of the population being religious. The three main Ghanaian religions; Islam, African traditional religion and Christianity frown upon LGBTQ practices. Members of Parliament, spearheaded by MP Sam George have made efforts to pass legislation dubbed, the ‘Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanian Family Values’ Bill’. Consequently, anti-gay comments have gained a lot of popularity.
The new bill proposes harsher measures for homosexuality and the discussion around this bill has sparked anti-gay comments causing attacks on LGBT Ghanaians. After facing numerous unending threats Assana applied for asylum to Canada and has also been granted. He had previously bragged that he would make a career out of being gay just like Bobrisky. The attacks he received reached a serious point and reached a crucial point and had to flee the country.