U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has spoken out in support of LGBTQ people in Africa, during a press conference in Ghana, and following the introduction of a devastating new law in Uganda that bans queer identities entirely.
Standing alongside Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, Harris said she felt “very strongly” about supporting the development of LGBTQ rights in Africa.
“I will also say that this is an issue that we consider and I consider to be a human rights issue and that will not change,” she continued.
“A great deal of work in my career has been to human rights issues and equality issues across the board including, as it relates, to the LGBTQ community,” Harris added.
In the same press session, President Akufo-Addo mentioned that a proposed anti-LGBTQ bill was currently making its way through the Ghanaian parliament, but that it “hasn’t been passed”.
Check a report about LGBTQ rights and issues in sub-Saharan Africa here.