LGBT rights in Gabon

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LGBT rights in Gabon Gabon
Gabon
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1]
Gender identity/expression
Military service Unknown
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
No
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Gabon may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Gabon, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.[1]

In December 2008, Gabon co-sponsored and signed the non-binding UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity calling for the global decriminalization of homosexuality, one of only six African countries to do so.[2] By 2011, however, Gabon would vote against the South African sponsored resolution titled "Human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity" in the Human Rights Council.[3]

Laws regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity is legal. That activity was never criminalised.[1] The age of consent is 18 for both same-sex and opposite-sex sexual activity.[4][5]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples.

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Living conditions[edit]

The U.S. Department of State's 2010 Human Rights Report found that "discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons was a problem, and LGBT individuals often kept their status secret from the community for fear of being harassed or discriminated against."[6]

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