LGBT rights in Cape Verde
|LGBT rights in Cape Verde|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 2004, with an equal age consent|
|Discrimination protections||Yes since 2008. In the area of employment only|
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
In the 1886 penal code for Cape Verde, Article 71 stated that unnatural acts were illegal. Then, in 2004, Cape Verde amended their penal code and became the second African country to legalize same-sex sexual acts. At the time of decriminalization, the legal age of consent was 16 years old, the same age for consensual heterosexual acts. As of 2015, the age of consent in Cape Verde is 14. 
Discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace is banned by articles 45(2) and 406(3) of the Labour Code since 2008.
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."
|Same-sex sexual activity legal||(Since 2004)|
|Equal age of consent||(Since 2004)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment||(Since 2008)|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Step-child adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
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