Interview with Carlos Idibouo who helped to create the first gay and lesbian organization in Ivory Coast, by Jimmy Leo. From: www.freewebs.com/african…/IVORY%20COAST%20REPORT.pdf Carlos Idibouo (photo right) is originally from Ivory Coast where he worked in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for several years. In July 2003, he helped to create the first gay and lesbian organization
Côte d’Ivoire is a republic with a strong executive power personified in the President. Its official capital is Yamoussoukro and the official language is French. Côte d’Ivoire’s economy is largely market-based and relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash crop production being dominant. Homosexuality is not forbidden in by law in Côte d’Ivoire, same sex sexual contact is not mentioned in law and no sodomy laws exist. There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The government of Côte d’Ivoire does not recognize same-sex marriages.