Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Gay life in Comoros is mostly underground and secretive. Many LGBT people marry in the traditional manner to avoid detection. Only on Mayotte is there any possible relief but this is tenuous, especially in recent times as violence has spread on that island. Homosexual acts are illegal
The Union of the Comoros form an archipelago of volcanic islands situated off the south-east coat of Africa, to the east of Tanzania and north-west of Madagascar. The Comoros is a sovereign nation formed by the three islands of Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli. They are divided into an independent nation, the Union of the Comoros, and the island of Mayotte, a de facto French Overseas Community. According to different sources, the islet of Banc du Geyser and the Glorioso Islands may or may not form a part of this archipelago.
According to the International Lesbian and Gay Association’s May 2008 report, "impudent acts against nature" are illegal in Comoros according to article 318 of the Penal Code. Such acts were punished with up to five years imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 to 1,000,000 francs.
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