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LGBT Rights in Uganda

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

Public Opinion

Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors ?

Ranked #31 out of 33 regions surveyed. (Source: Afrobarometer, 2014–2016)
(94.92%) Not tolerate
Tolerate (4.71%)

Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors ?

Ranked #33 out of 34 regions surveyed. (Source: Afrobarometer, 2016–2018)
(95.67%) Not tolerate
Tolerate (3.25%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013) ?

Ranked #33 out of 39 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
(96%) No
Yes (4%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People ?

Ranked #116 out of 119 regions surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)
(95%) Not a good place
Good place (2%)

History

Homosexual activity in Uganda

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Homosexual activity in Uganda is illegal (up to life in prison as punishment).

Current status
Since May 3, 2021
Illegal (up to life in prison as punishment)
The Sexual Offences Bill (2019), first tabled in 2015, criminalises sexual activity between persons of the same gender.
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Aug 1, 2014–May 2, 2021
Male illegal, female uncertain
Previous bill was struck down due to a technicality rendering it unconstitutional. However, homosexual conduct is still explicitly illegal and is punishable by imprisonment.
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Feb 24, 2014–Jul 31, 2014
Illegal (up to life in prison as punishment)
Under this bill, "aggravated homosexuality" is punishable by imprisonment for life. Includes provisions which make it illegal to aid homosexuality, touch with the intent of homosexuality, and promote homosexuality. Allows extradition for homosexuality-related offenses.

Earlier referred to internationally as the "Kill the Gays" bill when first proposed on October 13, 2009, life imprisonment was substituted for the death penalty following international pressure.

Prior to this bill, homosexuality was illegal under Section 145 of the penal code, punishable by up to life imprisonment.
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Jun 15, 1950–Feb 24, 2014
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Section 145 of the penal code indicates any carnal knowledge against nature is punishable for 7 years to life in prison.
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Same-sex marriage in Uganda

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Same-sex marriage in Uganda is not legal.

Current status
Since Apr 1, 1904
Not legal
Marriage in Uganda is defined as a union between a man and a woman.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Uganda

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Uganda is state-enforced.

Current status
Since 2019
State-enforced
In 2019, the Uganda Communications Commission adopted the Standards for General Broadcast Programming in Uganda. Article 6(5) determines that “information, themes or subplots on lifestyles such as homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, transsexualism, transvestism, paedophilia and incest” should not “promote, justify or glamorize” them. Further, explicit dialogue or information concerning the above topics should not be broadcasted. In addition, Article 8.6 states that sex education programmes should not encourage or promote “unnatural sex acts”.
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Right to change legal gender in Uganda

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Right to change legal gender in Uganda is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
Unknown.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Uganda

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

Current status
Not legally recognized
The law do not provide the option of identifying as “non-binary/intersex/gender non-conforming.”
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LGBT discrimination in Uganda

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LGBT discrimination in Uganda is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 1904
No protections
As homosexual conduct is illegal, discrimination against LGBTQ+ people are very present. Most recently, the anti-homosexuality bill tried to make it illegal for any person to not report an LGBT individual.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Uganda

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LGBT employment discrimination in Uganda is no protections.

Current status
No protections
According to the ILGA World, there are no protections in employment.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Uganda

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LGBT housing discrimination in Uganda is no protections.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 1904
No protections
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Same-sex adoption in Uganda

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Same-sex adoption in Uganda is single only.

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

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Serving openly in military in Uganda is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
There is no certain laws that outlaw gays serving in military, but intense discrimination prevents gays from serving openly. As such, homosexual activity is not legal.
Sources:
(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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Blood donations by MSMs in Uganda

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Blood donations by MSMs in Uganda is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Conversion therapy in Uganda

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Conversion therapy in Uganda is not banned.

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

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Equal age of consent in Uganda is n/a.

Current status
Since May 3, 2021
N/A
Not applicable since same-sex sexual relationships are illegal.
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LGBT Rights by geographic regions

View the LGBT laws in each individual geographic regions of Uganda.