Angola, Africa


Angola was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century to 1975. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa, yet its people are among the continent's poorest. According to the International Monetary Fund, more than $4 billion in oil receipts have disappeared from Angola's treasury in the 2000s. LGBT rights in Angola are very limited. Homosexuality has been against the law in Angola since colonial times under Portuguese law. Homosexuality is according to the law "an offence against the public moral" and therefore prohibited.

 

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Gay Life in Angola is Mostly Hidden by Heterosexual Masks

| January 13th, 2016 | Comments Off on Gay Life in Angola is Mostly Hidden by Heterosexual Masks

Introduction A commentary into gay life in Angola where the social environment is toxic for LGBT people. Because they are an invisible population, gays are ignored in government health planning; “there are not enough gays to worry about” said one official. To cover their truth, many Angolan gays use heterosexual marriage as a way of avoiding harm: so gay life in Angola is mostly hidden by heterosexual masks. But of course once married many continue to have occasional or ongoing same-sex with others; long-term relationships exist but are kept very secret. Unfortunately, it is reported that gay male sex often does not involve the use of condoms. In Angola, a commonly-held assumption that only men with feminine mannerisms are homosexual means that many who have sex with other men can ‘pass’ and do not self-identify as gay. More recently, this was reported in Wikipedia: “LGBT rights in Angola have seen

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