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SIERRA LEONE

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: 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 SIERRA LEONE 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 (100%) Yes, but it is not against the law (0 %) 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 SIERRA LEONE...
Linus Bassie posted for gay readers on 16/11/2013
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I am sexually and emotionally attracted to other men because of these feelings, I was living ( Africa-Sierra Leone) in constant fear of the police and officials who have arrested me and a warrant had been issued for my arrest on charges of homosexuality ,immorality, public nuisance and 'indecent act against the order of nature'.


Homosexuality is considered illegal so we face violence and exploitation at home, in our schools, communities, clubs, churches, mosques and the street.
It is an issue which Sierra Leone leaders do not like to address as LGBT people consider ‘a waste to society and deader than the dead’. since the statement made by the British Prime Minister and the US Secretary of State on LGBT rights in Africa, Sierra Leoneans had been angered about the fact that Sierra Leone is a donor dependent country and the Government was being forced to accept LGBT people or the country would be adversely affected.
“This has caused a wide spread debate among Sierra Leoneans and the mass media. Several radio stations opened up phone in programs to get the public’s opinion about LGBT issues. Newspapers published negative messages about LGBT people as did the national television station.
Sierra Leoneans do not want to accept LGBT people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. So far the Government has kept silent over this issue.” Sierra Leone of the condemnation of LGBT people by Christians and Muslims and the recently announced bi-monthly protests organized by an Islamic group.
I reported a violence against me because of my homosexuality to the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL), who said that, “the Commission is not working on LGBTI human rights, because the law of Sierra Leone does not give the Commission mandate to advocate and support LGBTI human rights” all that that can get me was a report where the government rejected the bill.
I m strongly behind the British and the US Government and also the United Nations in putting pressure on African leaders to respect LGBT rights in their countries.”

I believe my right to protection of fundamental human rights. It states “Whereas every person in this world is entitled to the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his race, tribe, place of origin, colour, creed or sex.
I cannot stop being gay to please other people. The way i choose to express my sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; the way i choose to look and conduct myselves; the people i choose to love and be with, these are my rights. Self expression, freedom of association, dignity and safety, peaceful gathering and demonstration these are my rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, .I claim these rights as human being. I demand that our rights should be respected and recognized in the society."

Male same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Sierra Leone with punishment including the possibility of life imprisonment

According to the US State Department 2010 Human Rights Report, the law is not enforced "due to the secrecy surrounding homosexual conduct and the tendency for communities to discriminate against individuals rather than to enforce legal codes."

LGBT groups "had to remain underground and hidden for fear of discrimination or violence against their members."
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Linus Bassie posted for gay readers on 16/11/2013
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I am sexually and emotionally attracted to other men because of these feelings, I was living ( Africa-Sierra Leone) in constant fear of the police and officials who have arrested me and a warrant had been issued for my arrest on charges of homosexuality ,immorality, public nuisance and 'indecent act against the order of nature'.


Homosexuality is considered illegal so we face violence and exploitation at home, in our schools, communities, clubs, churches, mosques and the street.
It is an issue which Sierra Leone leaders do not like to address as LGBT people consider ‘a waste to society and deader than the dead’. since the statement made by the British Prime Minister and the US Secretary of State on LGBT rights in Africa, Sierra Leoneans had been angered about the fact that Sierra Leone is a donor dependent country and the Government was being forced to accept LGBT people or the country would be adversely affected.
“This has caused a wide spread debate among Sierra Leoneans and the mass media. Several radio stations opened up phone in programs to get the public’s opinion about LGBT issues. Newspapers published negative messages about LGBT people as did the national television station.
Sierra Leoneans do not want to accept LGBT people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. So far the Government has kept silent over this issue.” Sierra Leone of the condemnation of LGBT people by Christians and Muslims and the recently announced bi-monthly protests organized by an Islamic group.
I reported a violence against me because of my homosexuality to the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL), who said that, “the Commission is not working on LGBTI human rights, because the law of Sierra Leone does not give the Commission mandate to advocate and support LGBTI human rights” all that that can get me was a report where the government rejected the bill.
I m strongly behind the British and the US Government and also the United Nations in putting pressure on African leaders to respect LGBT rights in their countries.”

I believe my right to protection of fundamental human rights. It states “Whereas every person in this world is entitled to the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, has the right, whatever his race, tribe, place of origin, colour, creed or sex.
I cannot stop being gay to please other people. The way i choose to express my sexual orientation, gender identity and expression; the way i choose to look and conduct myselves; the people i choose to love and be with, these are my rights. Self expression, freedom of association, dignity and safety, peaceful gathering and demonstration these are my rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, .I claim these rights as human being. I demand that our rights should be respected and recognized in the society."

Male same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Sierra Leone with punishment including the possibility of life imprisonment

According to the US State Department 2010 Human Rights Report, the law is not enforced "due to the secrecy surrounding homosexual conduct and the tendency for communities to discriminate against individuals rather than to enforce legal codes."

LGBT groups "had to remain underground and hidden for fear of discrimination or violence against their members."
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