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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

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Have you adopted as an LGBTI person in ETHIOPIA?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I would like to but it is illegal

I would like to but it is illegal (83%) Tried, but denied (0 %) Yes (0 %) Yes, with my partner (0 %) Never tried (16%)

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in ETHIOPIA...
LaG (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay readers on 11/05/2012 tagged with health, hiv/aids , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +15
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Ethiopia is one of the 38 African countries where Homosexuality is illegal. According to the 2007 Global attitude research done by Pew Research Center Project, 97percent of Ethiopians strongly consider Homosexuality as a serious of violation of morality. According to article 629 of the criminal code

"whoever perform with another person of the same sex a homosexuality act or any other indecent act, is punishable with simple imprisonment".

According to this article homosexuality is punishable even it is done by two parties with consent or agreement.The penalties for being engaged in homosexual act ranges from 3 years up to 15 years imprisonment.







Beside our criminal law that bans us, we always face stigma and discrimination from the society and often discouraged and being marginalized from getting different services. As a result we are vulnerable than other part of society because of discouragement we face from health workers and society to get health services and existence of conservative social values.





In Ethiopia the fundamental human rights that are inherent, universal and acquired by virtue of humanity are being violated because of our sexual orientation that was personal. Right to access health services, right to speech, work, association and basic human rights are still denied.





Their is no single organization that is engaged to provide human right and HIV prevention information to us. Different governmental and non governmental organizations are trying to create awareness on HIV and STI but none of them are working to the very at risk and vulnerable community of LGTB. They are extremely or totally ignoring us from any health services.





Why we hide it?



Stigma : Social stigma and discrimination driven homosexuality in to virtue of hiding. For fear of social discrimination and arrest, members avoid who they are. They hide their sexual orientation even to their parents in fear of exclusions from their family and neighborhood. Most of the time, older gays have large families, to be perceived as a straight in the view of the rest society.



Homosexuality is a taboo and most of the citizens perceived it as un existed. Coming out and expressing our selves as LGTB has its own social consequences, from a little threat and discrimination to death.





On January 27/2009, there was a call from religious leaders, including Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Protestants and Islam, to force the government to adopt a more strong law against LGTB’s. They are seeking to ban and end homosexuality, which they think “an evil of westerns” and “immoral/ abnormal act”, by amending harsh rule.





On the meeting Abuna Paulos-The head for Orthodox Church of Ethiopia as well as the world-said"This is something very strange in Ethiopia, the Bible condemns this very strongly. For people to act in this manner they have to be dumb, stupid like animals," he continued "We strongly condemn this behavior. They have to be disciplined and their acts must be discriminated, they have to be given a lesson."





There was a high public violence against the 16th ICASA conference held in Ethiopia. AMSHeR meetings were disrupted when a group of religious leaders called for a press conference to denounce the purported ‘gay meetings’ that was planned at Jupiter hotel. The AMSHeR meeting is altered from Jupiter hotel to the UN conference hall as a result of the public violence happened in Addis Ababa.





Fear of LAW: - as stated earlier the criminal law of Ethiopia bans homosexuality. The criminalization of homosexuality by the law of the land prohibits the community from getting different health services which increases their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other STI. Peoples are leading bleak indeed life.
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LaG (user currently living in ETHIOPIA) posted for gay readers on 11/05/2012 tagged with health, hiv/aids , sexual orientation, religion, illegality of male to male relationships +15
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Ethiopia is one of the 38 African countries where Homosexuality is illegal. According to the 2007 Global attitude research done by Pew Research Center Project, 97percent of Ethiopians strongly consider Homosexuality as a serious of violation of morality. According to article 629 of the criminal code

"whoever perform with another person of the same sex a homosexuality act or any other indecent act, is punishable with simple imprisonment".

According to this article homosexuality is punishable even it is done by two parties with consent or agreement.The penalties for being engaged in homosexual act ranges from 3 years up to 15 years imprisonment.







Beside our criminal law that bans us, we always face stigma and discrimination from the society and often discouraged and being marginalized from getting different services. As a result we are vulnerable than other part of society because of discouragement we face from health workers and society to get health services and existence of conservative social values.





In Ethiopia the fundamental human rights that are inherent, universal and acquired by virtue of humanity are being violated because of our sexual orientation that was personal. Right to access health services, right to speech, work, association and basic human rights are still denied.





Their is no single organization that is engaged to provide human right and HIV prevention information to us. Different governmental and non governmental organizations are trying to create awareness on HIV and STI but none of them are working to the very at risk and vulnerable community of LGTB. They are extremely or totally ignoring us from any health services.





Why we hide it?



Stigma : Social stigma and discrimination driven homosexuality in to virtue of hiding. For fear of social discrimination and arrest, members avoid who they are. They hide their sexual orientation even to their parents in fear of exclusions from their family and neighborhood. Most of the time, older gays have large families, to be perceived as a straight in the view of the rest society.



Homosexuality is a taboo and most of the citizens perceived it as un existed. Coming out and expressing our selves as LGTB has its own social consequences, from a little threat and discrimination to death.





On January 27/2009, there was a call from religious leaders, including Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Protestants and Islam, to force the government to adopt a more strong law against LGTB’s. They are seeking to ban and end homosexuality, which they think “an evil of westerns” and “immoral/ abnormal act”, by amending harsh rule.





On the meeting Abuna Paulos-The head for Orthodox Church of Ethiopia as well as the world-said"This is something very strange in Ethiopia, the Bible condemns this very strongly. For people to act in this manner they have to be dumb, stupid like animals," he continued "We strongly condemn this behavior. They have to be disciplined and their acts must be discriminated, they have to be given a lesson."





There was a high public violence against the 16th ICASA conference held in Ethiopia. AMSHeR meetings were disrupted when a group of religious leaders called for a press conference to denounce the purported ‘gay meetings’ that was planned at Jupiter hotel. The AMSHeR meeting is altered from Jupiter hotel to the UN conference hall as a result of the public violence happened in Addis Ababa.





Fear of LAW: - as stated earlier the criminal law of Ethiopia bans homosexuality. The criminalization of homosexuality by the law of the land prohibits the community from getting different health services which increases their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other STI. Peoples are leading bleak indeed life.
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