7 Facts About Gay Laws In Africa
Nigerians are becoming more tolerant of homosexuals.
That's according to a poll recently published by the Nol.
But that is not to say that Nigeria is any less a dangerous place to be a lesbian, gay or transgender.
Like Nigeria, many Africa countries, have some of the most prohibitive laws against homosexuality in the world.
Same-sex relationships are a crime in many of them and can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty.
As homosexuals, all over the world mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia; here are a few facts about LGBT rights on the African continent:
1. Same sex acts are illegal in 32 countries across the continent.
2. Laws criminalising same-sex relationships only apply to women in only 24 of these 32 countries. In countries such as Ghana, Kenya or Sierra Leone, it is illegal for men to engage in consensual sex with someone of the same sex but not for women.
3. In Mauritania, Sudan and Eritrea, same-sex relationships can lead to the death penalty.
4. In Nigeria, 54 people went on trial last week on charges connected to allegations that they were celebrating a gay wedding. A bill was signed in 2014 that criminalised same-sex relationships, with penalties of up to 14 years in prison.
5. South Africa is the only African country that has legalised gay marriage. Same-sex marriage legislation came into force there in 2006.
6. Only 19% of African respondents approved of same-sex marriage in a survey conducted in October 2016.
7. Ivory Coast and its capital Abidjan are considered a refugee for the LGBT community in the region with gay bars, gay rights groups, and even an annual cross-dressing beauty pageant.