Following in the tradition of homophobic Africa, LGBT citizens keep their lives and activities in the shade, slowly working at grass roots levels to make their presence known.
Tanzania’s name comes from a combination of Tanganyika, which is the large mainland territory, and Zanzibar, the offshore archipelago. The two former British colonies united in 1964, forming the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which later the same year was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. The economy is mostly based on agriculture, which accounts for more than half of GDP, provides 85% (approximately) of exports, and employs 80% (approximately) of the workforce. In Tanzania, sex acts between men are illegal, and carry a penalty of life imprisonment. Sex acts between women are not mentioned in Tanzanian law.