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LGBT Rights in Oshana Region

Oshana is governed by federal Namibia law. Learn more
    Homosexuality
    ✖ Male illegal, female legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Adoption
    Ambiguous
    Military
    Ambiguous
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal

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History

Homosexual activity in Oshana

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Homosexual activity in Oshana is male illegal, female legal.

A new law will be going into effect soon.
Not yet in effect
Going into effect May 17, 2024
Legal
On November 1, 2023, Windhoek High Court judges Nate Ndauendapo, Shafimana Ueitele and Claudia Claasen announced that they will reserve the judgement on May 17, 2024.
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Current status
1920–May 17, 2024
Male illegal, female legal
Not enforced. Decriminalization pending. Court plans to decriminalize homosexuality by May 17, 2024.
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Same-sex marriage in Oshana

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Same-sex marriage in Oshana is foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.

Current status
Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
Namibian state does not perform same-sex marriage, however in numerous cases foreign same sex marriages have been recognized and parental rights have even been granted to gay couples looking to adopt.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Oshana

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Oshana is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Oshana is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Legal, but requires surgery
It was reported in 2015 that applications for change of sex are done on a case-by-case basis and are not problematic, as long as a person can provide medical reports of their sex change, which includes undergoing sex reassignment surgery. Once the application is granted, a transgender person can apply for a new identity document and passport.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Oshana

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

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Oshana

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LGBT discrimination in Oshana is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Oct 21, 2021
Illegal in some contexts
"A Namibian court has found that the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation."
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Mar 12, 1990–Oct 21, 2021
No protections
Discrimination is legal (as there are no provisions) and the date provided is the date that the constitution of the country is written. Discrimination protection is only granted for sex, race, social and economic conditions.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Oshana

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LGBT employment discrimination in Oshana is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since Oct 21, 2021
Sexual orientation only
"A Namibian court has found that the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation."
Section 139 of the Labour Act of 2004 repealed the Labour Act of 1992 which in Section 107 prohibited sexual orientation discrimination.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Oshana

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LGBT housing discrimination in Oshana is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since Oct 21, 2021
Sexual orientation only
"A Namibian court has found that the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation."
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Mar 12, 2004–Sep 18, 2017
Sexual orientation and gender identity
just recently added protection
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Same-sex adoption in Oshana

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Same-sex adoption in Oshana is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
No laws in place for same sex couples, however recently the Namibian government allowed a same-sex couple legal custody over their child.
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Serving openly in military in Oshana

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Serving openly in military in Oshana is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
No known laws prohibit
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Blood donations by MSMs in Oshana

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Blood donations by MSMs in Oshana is legal.

Current status
Legal
No laws against it
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Conversion therapy in Oshana

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Conversion therapy in Oshana is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Unknown.
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Equal age of consent in Oshana

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Equal age of consent in Oshana is equal.

Current status
Equal
Set age of Consent.
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