Amidst the controversies surrounding the bill against the legalization of LGBTQ+ in Ghana, there is the need to understand what LGBTQ+ is.


LGBTQ+ is an initialism that is used to represent all of the communities included in the “LGBTTTQQIAA, that is, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally. The plus (+) is an open window that allows for more genders that may be introduced in the future.

Here is an explanation of the genders in simple words:


A lesbian is a woman who is attracted sexually and romantically to other women only. They are females who may be attracted to other genders, but a lesbian has an attraction for only females and no other gender.


A gay is a man who has an attraction for other men only. They are the opposite of lesbians. They are males who are attracted to only males.


A bisexual is a person who has a sexual and romantic attraction for both men and women and may even feel attraction for other genders within the LGBTQ+ community. A bisexual can be a man or woman.


A transgender is a person who has changed his or her gender typically different from what he or she was born as. Transgenders usually change their body features from male to female features or female to male features.

Two Spirits

A two-spirit describes a person who believes that both female or male spirits reside in him or her.


A queer is a person who has no attraction for the opposite sex, neither does the person know if he is a man or woman. They are people who don’t know what gender they belong to.


Questioning is a person who does not know if he is a man or a woman and wants to explore to know who he is. During the exploration process, he calls himself questioning.


An intersex is a person who was born with a sexual organ different from a man’s or woman’s sexual organ. Their reproductive organ cannot be categorized as that of male or female.


An asexual is a person who has lacks or has no sexual attraction towards all other genders. The person lacks sexual and romantic attraction towards men, women, queer, questioning, etc.


An ally is a person who considers him or herself as a friend of the LGBTQ+ community.

The list goes on and on…

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