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Witness: For Ghana’s Lesbians, Lives of Rejection and Fear

“We can’t ever go home again,” said one of the three young women, barely in their 20s, as they told their story and struggled to fight back their tears. They looked to each other for support and protection as they sat in the small hotel outside the Ghanaian city of Kumasi, remembering how their whole lives were shattered in the space of a day, simply because they were suspected of being lesbians. The women had travelled for two hours just to speak to Wendy Isaack, researcher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights program at Human Rights Watch. They hadn’t eaten for three days.…

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