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The World Congress of Families is Expanding its Homophobic Agenda into West Africa

The far-right organization recently held a regional conference in Accra.

Last year, Ghanaians took to the streets to protest against laws criminalizing homosexuality. The protests were primarily in response to a 72-page report published by the Human Rights Watch which detailed how violence towards members of the LGBT community by mobs or their own family members was on the rise. Scores of protesters insisted that the country's Penal Code was not only a dated colonial-era relic but that it led to LGBT Ghanaians being treated as second-class citizens without basic human rights. While countries such as Botswana and Angola made huge strides this year and decriminalized homosexuality, Ghana's discriminatory laws have remained and lives continue to be affected because of it.

On November 1st, the World Congress of Families (WCF), a far-right organization that has been pegged a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, hosted a regional conference in Accra, Ghana. The two-day gathering included Ghana's political and religious leaders who subscribe to the conservative "pro-family" and "natural law" ideologies which condemn homosexuality, Islam, abortion and other reproductive health rights. There is increasing concern among members of the LGBT community, activists and allies, that LGBT people will experience even more targeted violence not only in Ghana but other African countries where homosexuality has still not been decriminalized.

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Guinea-Bissauan Soccer Player Ronaldo Vieira Was the Target of Racist Chants During a Game

During a recent game at Sampdoria's Luigi Ferraris Stadium, visiting supporters chanted 'monkey' at the player.

Ronaldo Vieira is a Guinea-Bissauan soccer player who joined the Italian soccer team Unione Calcio Sampdoria (U.C. Sampdoria) as a midfielder last year. According to BBC Sport, the 21-year-old was unfortunately the target of racist slurs during a game against Associazione Sportiva Roma (A.S. Roma) at the Sampdoria's Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa yesterday. After the first half of the game, fans of A.S. Roma began chanting "monkey" at the player. While Italian soccer authorities have generally condemned this recent incident and those in the past, the problem persists.

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