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 Zaïre), see LGBT rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
LGBT rights in the Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo
Location Republic of the Congo AU Africa.svg
Same-sex sexual intercourse legal status Legal[1]
Gender identity/expression
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
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. They have been reported discrimination of small local groups fighting for human right and freedom. LGBT people have been abused but the local people, arrested by police mostly in the east part of the country, have been reported to be running for their life in nearby countries.

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
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ottosson, Daniel (May 2008). "State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults" (PDF). International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). pp. Page 45. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-10.