Angola Legalizes Gay Sex

Angola’s parliament voted to scrap the provision in the penal code criminalizing “vices against nature,” which was believed to ban gay sex, according to Human Rights Watch.

They also decided in the Jan. 23 vote to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Though there were never any prosecutions, the colonial-era laws justified discriminating against LGBT people.

 “In casting aside this archaic and insidious relic of the colonial past, Angola has eschewed discrimination and embraced equality. The 69 other countries around the world that still criminalize consensual same-sex conduct should follow its lead,” Human Rights Watch said.

 Despite the changes, which a growing number of African countries have embraced, LGBT people are still met with hatred. A police officer in Nigeria told gay people to leave the country, or they would face prosecution.

"If you're homosexually inclined, Nigeria is not a place for you," Dolapo Badmos wrote on her Instagram, according to CNN.


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