Gabon Makes Gay Sex illegal

Davis Mac-Iyalla, an lGBt activist in Gabon. Photo via Davis Mac-Iyalla, Facebook.

Gabon, a central African country, became the 70th country to criminalise gay sex, according to the Independent.

The revision to Gabon’s penal code penalizes gay sex with up to six months in prison and a fine equivalent to about $8,400, the Independent reported. Davis Mac-Iyalla, an LGBT activist said he spoke with two gay men jailed for having sex.

"It has further sent the LGBT community underground and has created harassment," said Mac-Iyalla, according to the Independent. "The corrupt police now use that, arrest people and then people have to bribe their way out."

While six African countries have unbanned gay sex since 2012, many still uphold homophobic values. In total, 33 out of 54 African countries criminalise gay sex, the Independent reported.


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