It’s Legal for Women But Not For Men?

27 Mar

After reading about the African countries that are considered places not to go to if you are gay, I decided to read find more about gay rights in Africa as a whole with some really surprising results. Apparently it’s legal to be a lesbian in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria (areas not under Sharia law), Zambia among others.Also worthy of note is that the harshest punishments for being gay are found in Mauritania, Nigeria (again in areas under Sharia law) and Sudan where the death penalty is in place for such heinous ‘crimes’. I guess I was always of the view that it’s either legal or not irrespective of gender. I wonder how such gender-biased laws were passed into being.

I was also stunned (if one can truly be stunned in a good way)  to find that being gay is currently legal in at least 16 countries/territories such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Rwanda although only two recognise same-sex relationships. Currently South Africa leads with the most gay rights and anti-discriminatory policies in place.

There is hope after all..

Read the rest on Wikipedia here


Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “It’s Legal for Women But Not For Men?

  1. pinkagendist

    March 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Gender bias laws in Africa were mostly the result of colonial oppression and the adoption of Christianity. I’d just like to make a side-note that although it’s not illegal to be a lesbian in some African countries (South Africa even allows gay-marriage), lesbians are still marginalized and there’s a shocking (but common) practice of raping them to “cure” them of their homosexuality.

    • dystopiconvert

      March 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I guess the ‘womenfolk’ weren’t considered important enough to include in the laws. Yes, I have read about the ‘rape cures’ so to speaks mostly in southern Africa – really is shocking and shameful. Thanks for the info


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