LGBT rights in Cape Verde

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LGBT rights in Cape Verde Cape Verde
Cape Verde
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 2004, with an equal age consent[1]
Military service Unknown
Discrimination protections Yes since 2008. In the area of employment only
Family rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Cape Verde may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Cape Verde, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.

Laws regarding same-sex sexual acts[edit]

Since 2004, same-sex sexual acts are legal in Cape Verde. The age of consent is 16, equal with opposite-sex sexual activity.[1]

Discrimination protections[edit]

Discrimination based on sexual orientation is banned by articles 45(2) and 406(3) of the Labour Code since 2008.[1][2]

Living conditions[edit]

In line with other former Portuguese African colonies, Cape Verde is reported to be one of the most tolerant countries in Africa towards gays and lesbians.[3]

The U.S. Department of State's 2010 Human Rights Report found that "legal provisions helped provide protection for homosexual conduct; however, societal discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity continued to be a problem. There were no lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons' organizations active in the country."[4]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (Since 2004)
Equal age of consent Yes (Since 2004)
Anti-discrimination laws in employment Yes (Since 2008)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriage No
Recognition of same-sex couples No
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
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Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples Emblem-question.svg

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