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
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 was legalized in 2019. Associação Íris Angola, an Angolan LGBTI advocacy group, applauded lawmakers.
Capital: Luanda - Pop. 4800000
Area: 1246700 sq. km/ sq. miles
Language: Portuguese, Bantu
Religion: Christianity, Indigenous Religions
Status of Homosexuality: Illegal
Telephone Country Code: 244
Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Conduct, 2019/Jan/23
Angolan TV producers apologise over gays kissing, 2015/Feb/04
Being gay not an issue in independent-minded Angola, 2012/Dec/03
Angola News & Reports, 2009/Apr/29
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