Butha-Buthe is governed by federal Lesotho law. Learn more
    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✖ Restricted
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    ✖ Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in Butha-Buthe

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Homosexual activity in Butha-Buthe is legal.

Current status
Since Mar 9, 2012
Legal
The Penal Code Act of 2010 decriminalized homosexuality.
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1884–Mar 9, 2012
Male illegal, female legal
The Roman-Dutch law of the Cape Colony, including the sodomy offence, was applied to Basutoland (as Lesotho was then known) by a proclamation of the British High Commissioner in 1884 (exact date unknown).

Same-sex marriage in Butha-Buthe

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Same-sex marriage in Butha-Buthe is unrecognized.

Current status
Since Oct 4, 1966
Unrecognized
The common law definition of marriage is “a union of one man with one woman, to the exclusion, while it lasts, of all others”
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Butha-Buthe

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Butha-Buthe is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Lesotho, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Butha-Buthe

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Right to change legal gender in Butha-Buthe is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
May possibly change gender under the National Identity Cards Act 9 of 2011.

According to amendment of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs must amend the national register to provide for persons who have undergone “sex change operations” to change their “sex” identity marker on legal and identifying documents.

Gender-affirming care in Butha-Buthe

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Gender-affirming care in Butha-Buthe is restricted.

Current status
Since 1994
Restricted
In 1994, Lesotho legalized sterilization, which de facto meant legalizing sex reassignment surgery, however, medical records regarding transsexualism had to be obtained abroad.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Butha-Buthe

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Butha-Buthe is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Non-binary identities are not legally recognized in Lesotho.
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LGBT discrimination in Butha-Buthe

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LGBT discrimination in Butha-Buthe is no protections.

Current status
No protections
There are no protections in Lesotho based on discrimination.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Butha-Buthe

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LGBT employment discrimination in Butha-Buthe is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 9, 2012
No protections
high discrimination from the aids epidemic. Discrimination protections pending.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Butha-Buthe

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LGBT housing discrimination in Butha-Buthe is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No protections
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Same-sex adoption in Butha-Buthe

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Same-sex adoption in Butha-Buthe is illegal.

Current status
Since Oct 4, 1966
Illegal
Single males and same-sex couples cannot adopt
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Intersex infant surgery in Butha-Buthe

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Intersex infant surgery in Butha-Buthe is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Butha-Buthe

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Serving openly in military in Butha-Buthe is lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned.

Current status
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Not a single country in Africa allows trans military service .
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Blood donations by MSMs in Butha-Buthe

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Blood donations by MSMs in Butha-Buthe is legal.

Current status
Legal
In all of Africa.
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Conversion therapy in Butha-Buthe

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Conversion therapy in Butha-Buthe is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
According to the ILGA World, there's no ban on conversion therapy in Lesotho.
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Equal age of consent in Butha-Buthe

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Equal age of consent in Butha-Buthe is equal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2012
Equal
when they decriminalized homosexuality.
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