International News Highlights — November 19, 2021

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Julia Selman Ayetey, lawyer for 21 people who were accused of promoting an LGBTQ agenda — Photo by Francis Kokoroko / Reuters
Julia Selman Ayetey, lawyer for 21 people who were accused of promoting an LGBTQ agenda — Photo by Francis Kokoroko / Reuters

Ghana: Another anti-LGBT bill in parliament
Reuters reported November 12 on the anti-LGBT bill being debated in Ghana's parliament. The bill would criminalize funding and promoting LGBT organizations, as well as being Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. This would build upon the country's law against Gay sex, which carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but hasn't been enforced for years. Supporters have said, despite a lack of national polls on the subject, that the bill reflects the will of most Ghanaians. Opponents, like lawyer Akoto Ampaw, have said that it's "totalitarian" and "unconstitutional." In his opening statement to Parliament, Ampaw said, "The very provisions of the bill stoke hate, bigotry, and violence against a small and vulnerable minority community."

China: Trans clinic opens while censorship continues
NBC News reported on November 11 that China is "breaking from its usual practices" by launching its first medical clinic for treating Trans adolescents and children. State-sponsored media outlet The Global Times called the clinic a "bridge" between Transgender children and their families and doctors. NBC noted that the clinic's launch is concurrent with the Chinese government's efforts to silence LGBT voices. Last week, a prominent LGBT advocacy group in the country announced it would cease activity, and in August, Shanghai Pride said it would not hold any future LGBTQ celebrations.