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Gay sex is now legal in every single Portuguese-speaking country in the world

Gay sex is now legal in every single Portuguese-speaking country in the world

Gay sex is now decriminalized in every single Portuguese-speaking country in Africa.

Angola lawmakers finally implemented a bill that dropped the anti-homosexuality law to its 1886 penal code.

They dropped a ‘vices against nature’ provision which was historically used to prosecute against gay sex.

The new code also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment.

It passed with 155 votes in favor, one against, and seven abstentions. The country’s ruling party said the new code was ‘genuinely Angolan’.

The Portuguese Empire, which lasted for six centuries, spread Catholicism to Asia and Africa with mixed success.

Other Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa are Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Since 2011, Equatorial Guinea has also been a part of Lusophone Africa.

All of the other countries have decriminalized homosexuality.

  • Guinea-Bissau in 1993
  • Cape Verde in 2004
  • São Tomé and Príncipe in 2012
  • Mozambique in 2014

Major step forward for LGBTI rights in Africa

a girl stands in a crowd with a sign over her head saying 'we are not criminals anymore'
Celebrating the end of Section 377 in Bangalore | Photo: Twitter/Gaylaxy

This is a major step forward for LGBTI rights in Africa.

Iris Angola, the LGBTI rights group, said it was right that the ‘law was finally on our side’.

Other LGBTI rights groups are hoping this move will help change other countries.

An Iris Angola spokesperson said changing the law always begins with changing hearts and minds.

‘People are always the reason,’ they told Gay Star News.

‘We know the pains, the difficulties, the people who are dying, the violence, the poverty, the lack of opportunity.

‘We don’t keep quiet about these pains and have to fight to give the voiceless their voice.

‘It is not easy but that must be the motivation.’

Iris Angola also wants to give hope to others.

‘Support civil society organizations in various sectors. They also speak out and promote our rights,’ they said.

Decriminalizing gay sex in 2019

Around 70 countries worldwide still criminalize gay sex.

Last year saw landmark decriminalization in India and Trinidad and Tobago.

India’s Supreme Court ruled the anti-gay British-era penal code, similar to Angola’s, was unconstitutional.

Millions of LGBTI Indians celebrated.

Lawmakers in Lebanon and Tunisia are also currently considering ending anti-gay laws.

Meanwhile, court challenges in Singapore, Jamaica, and Kenya could lead to decriminalization in those countries this year.