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CAMEROON

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
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

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 changed government documents in CAMEROON concerning your gender identity? How easy was the process?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I could change official documents easily

I could change official documents easily (50%) I changed official documents, but with much stress (0 %) I could not change my official documents (0 %) I have not tried to change official documents (50%)

The CAMEROON country survey is populated by LGBTI groups who have acted as liaisons with ILGA to identify issues affecting the LGBTI community.

Organizations were asked to discuss 4 broad subjects: the law, the mood (the social climate), the LGBTI movement as well as what would be, according to them, the most pressing campaign in their country.

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What is the social climate like for LGBTI people in your country?
How is it like to be an LGBTI in schools?
CAMFAIDS - In schools, we only speak of sexuality between men and women; homosexuality is often seen as a defect, which causes a rise in homophobia. Generally students suspected of being gay are often physically abused, discriminated against and rejected when they are not excluded from school.
Are there programs against homophobia at schools?
CAMFAIDS - No.
Are religious institutions actively campaigning against LGBTI rights?
CAMFAIDS - Yes, they eagerly condemn any type of relationship between same-sex persons.
Are there religious institutions who welcome LGBTI people?
CAMFAIDS - No.
Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a gay person?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a lesbian?
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Would you say it is easy to come out to your doctor as a trans person?
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Is discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexual and trans very common in day to day life? Please specify differences between the various communities.
CAMFAIDS - Every day, homosexuals are discriminated against. Gays are considered psychopaths, depraved, demons and followers of cults or magical practices belonging to secret societies to rob others of their powers. The lesbians are also in the same way. Trans people are seen as errors or mistakes, as people who do not have the right to live.
Is discrimination against gays,lesbians, bisexual and trans very common at work? Please specify differences between the various communities.
CAMFAIDS - Yes, when you are a trans or gay man, with a feminine physical appearance or when you are a lesbian (butch), relationships at work can be difficult. When people know about your sexual orientation, you are perceived as less of a person. In the work environment it is seen as a lack of skill on your part. People do not see you as someone who has the necessary skills to do his job.
Is hate speech common against gays,lesbians, bisexual and trans? Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Please specify differences between the various communities.
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Are episodes of violences very common against people in the gay community?
CAMFAIDS - Certainly, and these are usually verbal and sometimes physical. These include provocations and insults in public (on the street and in bars). Often people are beaten and robbed. The security forces are accomplices and even authors of these crimes. Because of law 347 of the Penal Code, people can do as they please against homosexuals Cameroon.
Because of ignorance, not much is known / understood about being trans. It is our experience that most trans people do not want to be seen and they live under the umbrella of gay. However, violence and discrimination are still the same.
Are episodes of violences very common against people in the lesbian community?
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Are episodes of violences very common against trans individuals?
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How are gays,lesbians,trans people portrayed in the media?
CAMFAIDS - The media reflect what society thinks about LGBTI and the media are instigators of hate speech with regard to these communities. In fact, the press describes LGBTI as sick, not normal, and even demonic. Some go as far as to think that homosexuality is the “evil” that weakens the Cameroonian society. Public opinion is also that there is not hope for Cameroon with homosexuality.
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