LGBT rights in the Central African Republic

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LGBT rights in the Central African Republic Central African Republic
Same-sex sexual intercourse legal status Legal
Military service Unknown
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption Unknown

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

The Central African Republic signed a 2011 UN declaration supporting LGBT rights.

Laws regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity is legal.[1]

However, the U.S. Department of State's 2012 human rights report found that,

The penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activity. The penalty for "public expression of love" between persons of the same sex is imprisonment for six months to two years or a fine of between 150,000 and 600,000 CFA francs ($300 and $1,200). When one of the participants is a child, the adult may be sentenced to two to five years' imprisonment or a fine of 100,000 to 800,000 CFA francs ($200 and $1,600); however, there were no reports that police arrested or detained persons [in 2012] under these provisions.[2]

Recognition of same sex relationships[edit]

There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples.[citation needed]

Adoption of children[edit]

According to a website of the French government, single and married people are eligible to adopt children. The website does not say whether LGBT people are disqualified.[3]

Living conditions[edit]

The U.S. Department of State's 2012 Human Rights Report found that,

While there is official discrimination based on sexual orientation, there were no reports of the government targeting gays and lesbians. However, societal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons was entrenched, and many citizens attributed the existence of homosexuality to undue Western influence. There were no known organizations advocating or working on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons.[2]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (Always legal)
Equal age of consent Yes (Always equal)
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
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]