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LGBT Rights in Sao Tome and Principe

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    ✖ Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal

Public Opinion

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History

Homosexual activity in Sao Tome and Principe

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Homosexual activity in Sao Tome and Principe is legal.

Current status
Since 2012
Legal
A new Penal Code was adopted in 2012 removing previous punishments.
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Sep 16, 18862012
Illegal (other penalty)
Inherited from Portuguese colonial era (amended in 1954). Articles 70 and 71(4°) provide for the imposition of
security measures on people who habitually practice
acts against nature. The security measures may include:
a bond of good behavior, being put on probation for a
certain period, or even internment in a workhouse or
agricultural colony (from 6 months to 3 years).
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Same-sex marriage in Sao Tome and Principe

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Same-sex marriage in Sao Tome and Principe is unrecognized.

Current status
Unrecognized
High support for gay marriage. Gay marriage pending.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Sao Tome and Principe

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Sao Tome and Principe is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Sao Tome and Principe is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
No Rules at Present.
Sources:
Equaldex.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Sao Tome and Principe

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Sao Tome and Principe is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Legal documents are only permitted to have the gender options "M" and "F"
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LGBT discrimination in Sao Tome and Principe

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LGBT discrimination in Sao Tome and Principe is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Illegal in some contexts
Article 130(2)(d) of the Penal Code (2012) aggravates the crime of homicide when motivated by hatred towards the sexual orientation of the victim.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Sao Tome and Principe

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LGBT employment discrimination in Sao Tome and Principe is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Since 2019
Sexual orientation only
The Labour Code passed in 2019 in Sao Tome and Principe confers the right to equality in employment to persons regardless of sexual orientation.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Sao Tome and Principe

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LGBT housing discrimination in Sao Tome and Principe is no protections.

Current status
No protections
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Same-sex adoption in Sao Tome and Principe

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Same-sex adoption in Sao Tome and Principe is single only.

Current status
Single only
No laws in place for same sex couples.
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Serving openly in military in Sao Tome and Principe

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Serving openly in military in Sao Tome and Principe is lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned.

Current status
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals permitted, transgender people banned
Trans people cannot serve in this country as of 2023
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Blood donations by MSMs in Sao Tome and Principe

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Blood donations by MSMs in Sao Tome and Principe is legal.

Current status
Legal
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Conversion therapy in Sao Tome and Principe

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Conversion therapy in Sao Tome and Principe is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
According to the ILGA, there's no ban of conversion therapy.
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Equal age of consent in Sao Tome and Principe

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Equal age of consent in Sao Tome and Principe is equal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2012
Equal
According to Wikipedia.
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LGBT Rights by Municipality

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