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LGBT Rights in Cameroon

    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    Censorship
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    ✖ Illegal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors ?

Ranked #19 out of 33 regions surveyed. (Source: Afrobarometer, 2014–2016)
(85.56%) Not tolerate
Tolerate (11.4%)

Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors ?

Ranked #22 out of 34 regions surveyed. (Source: Afrobarometer, 2016–2018)
(90.6%) Not tolerate
Tolerate (7.99%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People ?

Ranked #96 out of 119 regions surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)
(84%) Not a good place
Good place (8%)

History

Homosexual activity in Cameroon

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Homosexual activity in Cameroon is illegal (imprisonment as punishment).

Current status
Since Nov 12, 1967
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or 200,000 franc fine.
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Nov 12, 1967–Sep 17, 2018
Male illegal, female legal
Six months to 5 years in prison and a fine of 20,000-200,000 CFA. Not enforced.
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Same-sex marriage in Cameroon

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Same-sex marriage in Cameroon is not legal.

Current status
Since Nov 12, 1967
Not legal
Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Cameroon

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Cameroon is state-enforced.

Current status
Since 2016
State-enforced
Section 264 of the Penal Code (2016) criminalises the public utterance of any “immoral speech” and the drawing of the public’s attention to any “occasion of immorality”. In light of the criminalisation of same-sex intimacy, a legal scholar has suggested that a publicly uttered speech advocating “unnatural sexual indulgence” would be considered “immoral”.
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Right to change legal gender in Cameroon

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Right to change legal gender in Cameroon is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Gender marker change is not possible in Cameroon. Transgender and gender diverse people are de facto criminalised.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Cameroon

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Cameroon is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Cameroon

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LGBT discrimination in Cameroon is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1972
No protections
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LGBT employment discrimination in Cameroon

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LGBT employment discrimination in Cameroon is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1972
No protections
No protections because homosexuality is still illegal.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Cameroon

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LGBT housing discrimination in Cameroon is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 2, 1972
No protections
Homosexuality is illegal there.
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Same-sex adoption in Cameroon

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Same-sex adoption in Cameroon is single only.

Current status
Single only
No laws in place for same sex couples.
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Serving openly in military in Cameroon

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Serving openly in military in Cameroon is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Homosexuality is currently illegal.
Sources:
(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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Blood donations by MSMs in Cameroon

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Blood donations by MSMs in Cameroon is legal.

Current status
Legal
No restrictions that I know of.
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Conversion therapy in Cameroon

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Conversion therapy in Cameroon is not banned.

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

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Equal age of consent in Cameroon is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Homosexuality is illegal.
Sources:
Homosexuality is illegal.
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LGBT Rights by Region

View the LGBT laws in each individual region of Cameroon.