They’ve blacklisted me over an anti-gay bill; I can’t even change a dollar outside Ghana – Sam George
Samuel Nartey George, the lead campaigner for the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, has faced significant personal and financial challenges due to his advocacy efforts.
Even before the bill has become law, he claims to have been unfairly blacklisted for money laundering, which has made it difficult for him to conduct financial transactions while traveling abroad.
George shared an example of his experience at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he was unable to open a bank account despite having a letter from the university.
He also mentioned his inability to exchange currency or engage in financial transactions outside of Ghana due to his blacklisting.
He believes that the blacklisting and other difficulties he has faced while traveling are directly related to his anti-LGBTQ campaign.
Furthermore, George highlighted how he has been treated unfairly despite holding a diplomatic passport when traveling internationally.
He described instances where he was pulled aside and subjected to extended periods of questioning and searches, which he views as a form of harassment.
Despite these challenges, George remains undeterred in his pursuit of passing the bill into law. He expressed his determination to continue fighting for the bill, emphasizing that the obstacles he has encountered only fuel his resolve.
George believes that passing the bill is crucial, as he views homosexuality as a preference rather than a fundamental human right and considers it to be in violation of Ghana’s constitution.
The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, sponsored by Samuel Nartey George and seven other Members of Parliament, proposes severe penalties, including imprisonment, for individuals engaged in same-sex sexual activity or those who promote or support such activities.
Samuel Nartey George, the primary advocate for the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, has faced personal and financial consequences due to his campaign.
He believes he has been blacklisted for money laundering, making it difficult for him to conduct financial transactions abroad. He has also encountered difficulties while traveling internationally, despite holding a diplomatic passport.
Despite these challenges, George remains determined to see the bill passed into law.