LGBT rights in the Republic of the Congo

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This article is about the Republic of the Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville). For the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), see LGBT rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
LGBT rights in the Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1]
Gender identity/expression
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
No
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Republic of the Congo may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Republic of the Congo, 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 activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual acts are legal. These acts never have been criminalised. The age of consent is unequal.[1]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

There is no legal recognition of same-sex unions.

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 "there was not a large openly gay or lesbian community due to the social stigma associated with homosexuality" and that "there were no known cases of violence or discrimination against gays, lesbians, or transgendered individuals during the year. While discrimination may exist due to the social stigma surrounding homosexuality, no such cases were reported to the NGOs or covered by the media."[2]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (Always legal)
Equal age of consent No (Since 1947)[3]
Anti-discrimination laws in hate speech and violence No
Anti-discrimination laws in employment No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services 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
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military Emblem-question.svg
Right to change legal gender Emblem-question.svg
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No

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