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Transgender Singer Angel Maxine Relocates to Germany For Safety

"I had to leave Ghana so I could find a safe space where I could continue to do my work. Being an openly transgender woman in Ghana is a warfare", she announced in a video

Ghana’s first openly transgender singer, Angel Maxine has relocated to Germany following fears about her safety and the growth of her music career amid the recent passage of an anti-gay bill, which makes identifying as trans illegal in Ghana.

In a video on X, Maxine said she was disappointed in the music industry, adding that she had faced a lot of rejection as a transwoman in the industry. 

“I had to leave Ghana so I could find a safe space where I could continue to do my work. As a musician, I had people who did not want to associate with me because I was a transwoman, Being an openly transgender woman in Ghana is a warfare,” she said.

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Before moving to Germany, Maxine had been one of the vocal voices against Ghana’s controversial anti-gay bill. At the time when the bill was still being debated in the legislative house, she took a bold move to record and upload a number of songs on You Tube as her way of showing dissent.

While identifying as LGBTQ+ is already illegal in Ghana, the country’s Parliament in February passed a bill specifically criminalising the practice or any kind of advocacy.

With concerns about the implications of the passed legislation, President Nana Akufo-Addo is yet to sign it into law as the bill’s constitutionality has been challenged at the Supreme Court.

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