Ghana: Anti-gay bill seeks long jail terms for LGBTQ people
31 July 2021 | 9:44 am
The proposed bill could see LGBTQ community members imprisoned between five to 10 years for identifying or advocating for their rights.
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Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to limit teaching about homosexuality and transgender topics in schools. Hungarians will get the chance to vote on the issue, perhaps on the same day as next year's national election.
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