By staff writers © Afrol News http://www.afrol.com/features/36319 Changing Times In colonial times, Senegal’s metropolis Dakar was famous for its open and tolerated homosexual prostitution market, and as late as in the 1970s, as many as 17 percent of Senegalese men admitted having had homosexual experiences. Now, Dakar is West Africa’s centre of gay oppression. The government of Senegal has made it clear that homosexuality is un-African. Since 1965, same-sex activity has been punishable by up to five years imprisonment, but only during the last five years, Dakar’s former visible gay community has had to go underground, risking punishment. History: Homosexuality is Not Un-African Dakar’s gay history is the best example demonstrating that homosexuality is not un-African. Indeed, homosexuality has been a visible and well-known part of Wolof traditions, and only moralist opinions of the colonialists, later adopted by an increasingly dominant Muslim clergy, led to the suppression of this culture.See the Full Version Here
Senegal is an 'African success story'. Its stable government has never experienced a coup d'état; it's one of the most prosperous countries in the region, and it has more than 80 political parties. Senegal is a tolerant Muslim society, with wide religious freedoms, a taste for sexy fashions, and even legal prostitution. But when Senegal's first gay organization, Groupe Andligeey, tried to have a meeting in 2001 in Dakar the nation's Interior Ministry prevented it. Various Senegalese Muslim brotherhoods exercise a strong political influence in the country. The government and culture consider homosexuality as a moral crime, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $3,000 fine. There has been made significant progress in dealing with HIV. Less than 5% of its population is HIV-positive.
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Capital: Dakar - Pop. 2167000
Area: 196723 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Language: French, Wolof
Religion: Muslim, Christian, Animism
Status of Homosexuality: Illegal
Telephone Country Code: 221