Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Not 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 denied medical treatment in BOTSWANA because of your sexual orientation?
Yes, the doctor told me I couldn’t be treated because of my sexual orientation
Yes, but without explanation
Pan Africa ILGA congratulates Batho Ba Lorato Film Festival Committee and LEGABIBO on Botswana’s first LGBTQ Film Festival. This film festival, coined Batho Ba Lorato (People of love) is an attempt to create a platform for dialogue through the use of film. Taking place from the 12th - 15th February 2013, the festival will be bringing together a society divided on views on homosexuality, Trans and Intersex issues at the University of Botswana Library Auditorium >>>
The Botswana LGBT film festival will today highlight the experiences of LGBTI persons in Botswana as it comes to a close Friday after entertaining and provoking audiences in the southern Africa nation. >>>
In January 2013 the UPR 15th session reviewed Botswana and thirteen other countries. The NGOs’ reports had been sent, as it is compulsory, seven months before the review session. Caine Jason Kaene Youngman, a staunch member of LEGABIBO (Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals of Botswana), an ILGA member since 2005, attended the session.
Interview by Patricia Curzi. >>>
December 2012: Ms. Alice Mogwe, Executive Director of Ditswhanelo.
Ms. Mogwe was invited by UPR Info to speak at their UPR pre-session on Botswana held on 29 November. Ditswhanelo is one of the organisations which submitted an NGO joint report together with other groups, including the LGBT group LEGABIBO.She explains in the video how this engagement has been useful to advance human rights in Botswana. >>>
Homosexuality is a topical issue in Botswana’s political and social discourse. While the country’s laws imply that the practice is outlawed, it is pellucid that it is a reality that the nation cannot ignore. At the centre of the debate is liberal versus conservative views with the former speaking for gay rights and the latter disagreeing. >>>
Rainbow Identity Association (RIA) is delighted to invite you to take part in an important and historic event in the country; Trans & Intersex Pride 2012. The theme for this event is “LIVE & LET LIVE” and it will be held on November 24. >>>
Botswana’s Rainbow Identity Association has announced an on-going project that seeks to facilitate a space where LGBTI communities can strategically deliberate on the issues of exclusion and gaps within LGBTI organizing. >>>
Domestic violence in the LGBTI community is a serious issue, although most of the cases are left unreported due to the system which is often oppressive and hostile towards LGBTI leading those involved in violence in fear to reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity. >>>
29/08/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Caine Youngman and the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBibo) have decided to withdraw their case suing the government over the criminalisation of homosexuality to stratagise and consult with stakeholders. Because of the significance of this case, more time is needed to "bounce back in a more solid way." >>>