Oshikoto 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
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Adoption
    ✖ Married couples only
    Military
    Ambiguous
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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History

Homosexual activity in Oshikoto

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Homosexual activity in Oshikoto is male illegal, female legal.

A new law will be going into effect in 1 month.
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 Oshikoto

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

Current status
Since May 16, 2023
Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
On May 16th, 2023, Namibia’s top court ruled to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other countries.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Oshikoto

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Oshikoto 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 Oshikoto

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Right to change legal gender in Oshikoto 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 Oshikoto

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
There is no legal recognition of non-binary identities in Namibia.
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LGBT discrimination in Oshikoto

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LGBT discrimination in Oshikoto 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 Oshikoto

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LGBT employment discrimination in Oshikoto 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 Oshikoto

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LGBT housing discrimination in Oshikoto 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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Same-sex adoption in Oshikoto

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Same-sex adoption in Oshikoto is married couples only.

Current status
Since May 16, 2023
Married couples only
In Namibia, only married couples may adopt. While gay marriage is not legal, gay marriages performed in other countries are recognized in Namibia. Since gay marriages are recognized, gay people who are married and their marriage is recognized by Namibia may adopt.

Although in March of 2023, a Namibian court overturned the decision that made a child the son of a gay couple, this was because they had broken a law. The law they broke was failing to register the birth with Namibian authorities within a year.
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Serving openly in military in Oshikoto

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Serving openly in military in Oshikoto is ambiguous.

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

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Blood donations by MSMs in Oshikoto is legal.

Current status
Legal
No laws against it
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Conversion therapy in Oshikoto

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Conversion therapy in Oshikoto is not banned.

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

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Equal age of consent in Oshikoto is equal.

Current status
Equal
Set age of Consent.
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