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ETHIOPIA

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Have you been harassed or arrested in ETHIOPIA because of your same-sex relationship?

The majority of people visiting this site have said Yes, it is against the law to be gay, lesbian or trans

Yes, it is against the law to be gay, lesbian or trans (50%) Yes, but it is not against the law (50%) Yes (0 %) No (0 %)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in ETHIOPIA...
(user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for readers on 03/04/2013
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Hello,

I am not gay but I am a freethinker and a secular humanist. I completely support the LGBT in their effort to make their voices heard. I am founder of www.facebook.com/EthiopianSecularHumanistAlliance which promotes skepticism and humanism.

Genearally speaking, it is a taboo to speak about homosexuality. Declaring you're an atheist is by far safer than talking about homosexuality (let alone saying you're gay). The root of the problem is the following. The Ethiopian society is deeply religious and profoundly lacking in scientific literacy. So you can imagine how overwhelmingly these two factors add up and make situations horrible for the LGBT and anyone who stands by their side.

So, the solution has to target religious and dogmatic views of the public. Promoting rationality and working to increase science literacy are key to success and it needs a collaboration of various stakeholders to bring about a tangible change.


Thank you, :)
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(user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for readers on 03/04/2013
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Hello,

I am not gay but I am a freethinker and a secular humanist. I completely support the LGBT in their effort to make their voices heard. I am founder of www.facebook.com/EthiopianSecularHumanistAlliance which promotes skepticism and humanism.

Genearally speaking, it is a taboo to speak about homosexuality. Declaring you're an atheist is by far safer than talking about homosexuality (let alone saying you're gay). The root of the problem is the following. The Ethiopian society is deeply religious and profoundly lacking in scientific literacy. So you can imagine how overwhelmingly these two factors add up and make situations horrible for the LGBT and anyone who stands by their side.

So, the solution has to target religious and dogmatic views of the public. Promoting rationality and working to increase science literacy are key to success and it needs a collaboration of various stakeholders to bring about a tangible change.


Thank you, :)
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