Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
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 MALAWI because of your same-sex relationship?
Yes, it is against the law to be gay, lesbian or trans
Yes, but it is not against the law
One of the earliest indications that Joyce Banda was going to be a very different president from her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, was her suggestion - soon after coming to power - that her government would review Malawi's anti-gay laws. While pleasing some key donors and making headlines, the new policy did not find many backers in Malawi. And the question now is whether - six months down the line - President Banda remains committed to promoting and protecting the rights of Malawi's gays and lesbians. >>>
Only when a gay couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, decided to come out in the open and become engaged in December 2009 did a blanket of silence lift from Malawi society around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Malawi authorities arrested the two, causing an international outcry. >>>
Behind The Mask correspondent, Melissa Wainaina, speaks to Bruce Tushabe from Manrela+ (the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living With and Personally Affected by HIV Aids) to see their stance on homosexuality in Malawi. >>>