As cultures and human institutions evolve to incorporate the very crust of societal norms once regarded as awkward, some form of resistance always rises up to rebel against what would eventually become inevitable.
In Ghana, society has come to accept the activities of the LGBTQ Community and have managed to incorporate their activities into everyday life.
The country is reported to be looking at legislation in some forms to insulate and cushion members of the LGBTQ Community from any form of attack and abuse.
However, this plan does not seen to go down well with a group of rogue class that have grown to be known as Safety Empire.
The group which is fast-growing into a nationwide movement has come to be known as an Anti-LGBTQ sect that focuses on attacking members of the LGBTQ community.
Their modus operandi is to name and shame members of the LGBTQ Community in Ghana by employing any of the following including threats with muscled men, public ridicule, preventing those who identify themselves as members of LGBTQ access to public and private facilities, torture, lynching and sometimes mob injustice.
Safety Empire has come to be known by many as a Kangaroo Court that serves as judge, jury, prosecution and executioner at the same time. They take no prisoners and have made it a point to torment anyone who identifies as LGBTQ.
To the originators of the group, the world cannot condone the activities of the LGBTQ Community and it was in their “right” to ensure that they weed out such crop of people from the society using any means necessary.
What is worrying about the who issue is that membership of Safety Empire is made up of people from all walks of life including unseen politicians and law enforcement agencies, therefore, very little can be done to seek redress for victims of this rogue group.
Apart from causing fear and panic among the growing community of LGBTQ members, Safety Empire also turns its searchlight on individuals, groups and local human rights bodies who speak against their unlawful activities.
According to reports, anyone who advocates for members of the LGBTQ Community is a great threat to society and therefore must be “silenced” so as not to give any form of voice to the LGBTQ Community.
There has been several reports of sporadic violence, attacks and injustice done against suspected LGBTQ members where some have lost lives, property, and even livelihoods.
Click here to read a harrowing story just last year of how a suspected lesbian was beaten by a Ghanaian policeman and 50 other people. This was covered by Human Rights Watch.
As legislation is yet to go to parliament for deliberations, members of the LGBTQ Community in Ghana and their advocates have no choice than to live in fear until help comes their way.
It is some of these unfortunate stories that spur on others like nationwide anti-LGBTQ groups like Safety Empire to take the law into their own hands and threaten the lives of members of the LGBTQ Community and anyone who advocates for them.
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