LGBT rights in Lesotho
|LGBT rights in Lesotho|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Male illegal,
|Gender identity/expression||No specific protection|
|Discrimination protections||No specific provisions|
|Same-sex marriage not allowed|
|Adoption||Joint adoption by same-sex couples not allowed. Single men not allowed.|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Lesotho face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Male same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Lesotho, but female same-sex sexual activity is legal.
Laws regarding same-sex sexual acts
Female same-sex sexual activity is not specifically outlawed.
Same-sex couples are not allowed to marry.
Adoption of children
The Child Welfare and Protection Act of 2011 governs adoptions. Only married couples may adopt a child jointly. Single men and same-sex couples are not permitted to adopt.
The U.S. Department of State's 2011 human rights report found that,
The law does not address sexual orientation. However, a law against sodomy existed but was not enforced. While lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons mainly faced general discrimination in access to health care, the government had not made any formal statement on the issue. Homosexual conduct was taboo in society and not openly discussed. Violence against LGBT persons was known to occur but often went unreported for fear of being ridiculed. Matrix, an LGBT support group, operated freely in all 10 districts. On May 17, [2011,] LGBT community members gathered at a local theater to watch a documentary celebrating the life of a gay South African activist. In September[,] representatives from Matrix and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights participated in a radio program seeking the views of the general public on LGBT issues.
- "Human Rights Violations in Lesotho", excerpt written by Motebo Ntabe, graduate of legal studies at the National University of Lesotho, submitted by the Matrix Support Group for the 2010 Universal Periodic Review of Lesotho, reprinted on the website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- "Intercountry adoption: Lesotho", Bureau of Consular Affairs, United States Department of State, December 2011
- 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Lesotho, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State, page 15
- Lesotho IDAHO Report 2013
- Small march is a big step for LGBTI in Lesotho