LGBT rights in São Tomé and Príncipe

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LGBT rights in São Tomé and Príncipe
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Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Discrimination protections No[citation needed]
Family rights
Recognition of
No[citation needed]
Adoption No[citation needed]

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in São Tomé and Príncipe face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in São Tomé and Príncipe. The nation is one of the 66 signatories to the Joint Statement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Laws regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Under the Penal Code of São Tomé and Príncipe that took effect in November 2012, same-sex sexual activity is legal. The age of consent is 16 years regardless of sexual orientation.[1][2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

São Tomé and Príncipe does not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.[citation needed]

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.[citation needed]

International obligations[edit]

São Tomé and Príncipe signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on 31 October 1995.[3]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes Since 2012
Equal age of consent Yes Since 2012
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only No
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 marriages 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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Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]