I have temporarily stopped accepting donations to this GoFundMe because I am fundraising for hip-replacement surgery instead. If you could donate here instead, I would be very grateful. Thank you again for your support.
My name is Angel Maxine. I am Ghana’s first openly transgender musician. I use my platform to advocate for trans inclusion and LGBTQI+ visibility in Ghana, but I am currently struggling to meet my basic needs.
Ghana's parliament is currently considering an anti-LGBTQ+ hate bill which has already started making the public physically hostile to the queer community. It has become more traumatising than ever to be ourselves in public and this affects my livelihood as a musician and my freedom as a human. Because the anti-LGBTQ+ bill criminalises associates and allies, fewer people are willing to hire from or engage humanely with the queer community.
My living conditions are bad; I am unable to get a job because no one will hire me, and I currently don't make any money from my music. I'm having issues with mobility and transportation, accommodation and feeding myself. Living openly as a queer transgender woman in Ghana is hard.
It isn't just queer people who are affected; it is also our allies. My mother, who openly supports me, is subject to abuse just for walking down the street with me, and I'd love to move her to a safer place to live.
Any amount you can give will go a long way to help me continue my work in the community without worrying about how to put food on the table.
As always, thank you for your unconditional love and support.
Here you can watch an interview of me and my mother:
I want to use my music to give a voice to the voiceless and encourage people like me to come out of their shells and be who they really want to be. I want to raise awareness of LGBTQI+ rights and teach people that trans and queer people are not evil, but are in fact a natural part of human diversity. In time, I also want to create an organisation for people born different; being able to support people in my community with the basic necessities they need to survive would go a long way in improving lives.
I want the world to be a very safe place for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, life choices and religious beliefs.
Any amount you give will help me enormously. Thank you so much.
You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram to stay updated and support me in the long-term.
Here you can watch the me talk with VICE News about the proposed anti-gay hate bill:
Here you can watch the music video of my debut single ‘Wo Fie’, featuring Wanlov The Kubolor and Sister Deborah:
Thank you for your love and support. It really means the world to me.