Across much of Africa, gay people face discrimination, persecution, and potentially even death.
The West African country of Ghana has been cracking down on expressions of homosexuality recently. In Nigeria, there is a 14-year jail term for anyone caught in homosexual activity.
Ghana’s speaker of parliament has threatened to leave his office if gay rights are promoted. Even the president has weighed in, stating that his government will never legalise homosexuality.
On the back of Ghana’s position of making love a crime we take a look at countries where homosexual activities are legal, and if such referendum should be held LGBT campaigners are most likely to win.
In Rwanda, homosexual activities have been made legal since 1980. Also, the country has a robust system for protection of individuals engaging in the act.
Female sexual activities have been legal for a long period due to cultural acceptance, but male involvements were only legal in 2012.
Just like other countries with constitutional recognition of LGBT activities in their countries, Guinea Bissau has given legal backing to the acts since 1993.
Cape Verde is only the country that has a law protecting discrimination against homosexual in Africa. All homosexual activities and their rights have been legal in the country since 2004.
The country has one of the most comprehensive laws detailing relationship with LGBT and also offering them decent living chances among other people.
Equatorial Guinea has one of the oldest laws legalising homosexual acts in Africa. The activities of LGBT has been made lawful since 1968. However, there is no law-based protection for homosexuals in the country.
Sao Tome and Principe
The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe has legalized homosexual acts since 2012. Also, there is limited protection for LGBT in the country.
LGBT activities in Mozambique have been declared legal by law since 2015. In the Southern African country, being a homosexual is not a crime, but the union between practising partners has not been legalized by the law while it is however silent on it.
For South Africa, female engagements in homosexual acts have always been legal and supported by law in the country. However, male participation (gay) was just legalized by the law in 1998.