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LGBT Rights in Zambia

    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (up to life in prison as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Not legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    Ambiguous
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    Ambiguous
    Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
    Military
    ✖ Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous
    Age of Consent
    N/A
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors ?

Ranked #27 out of 33 regions surveyed. (Source: Afrobarometer, 2014–2016)
(92.49%) Not tolerate
Tolerate (6.26%)

Acceptance of Homosexuals as Neighbors ?

Ranked #32 out of 34 regions surveyed. (Source: Afrobarometer, 2016–2018)
(95%) Not tolerate
Tolerate (4.33%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People ?

Ranked #97 out of 119 regions surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)
(87%) Not a good place
Good place (10%)

History

Homosexual activity in Zambia

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

Current status
Since Nov 1, 1931
Illegal (up to life in prison as punishment)
Liable, upon conviction, to imprisonment for a term not less than fifteen years and may be liable to imprisonment for life. Decriminalization pending.
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Nov 1, 1931–Sep 10, 2018
Male illegal, female legal
7-14 years to life in prison under unnatural/indecent acts. Not enforced.
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Same-sex marriage in Zambia

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Same-sex marriage in Zambia is not legal.

Current status
Since Feb 18, 2010
Not legal
SSM Pending.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Zambia

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Zambia is no censorship.

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

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Right to change legal gender in Zambia is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
No law in place about changing gender in Zambia, however transgender people are often arrested convicted of practicing Homosexuality. Transgenderism and Homosexualality is often mixed up.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Zambia

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

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Zambia

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LGBT discrimination in Zambia is no protections.

Current status
Since Nov 1, 1931
No protections
As homosexuality is illegal, there are no protections for this population.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Zambia

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LGBT employment discrimination in Zambia is sexual orientation only.

Current status
Sexual orientation only
Sexual orientation discrimination protection under human rights institute.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Zambia

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LGBT housing discrimination in Zambia is ambiguous.

Current status
Since Nov 1, 1931
Ambiguous
Unknown.
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Same-sex adoption in Zambia

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Same-sex adoption in Zambia is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Homosexuality is currently illegal.
Sources:
(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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Serving openly in military in Zambia

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Serving openly in military in Zambia is don't ask, don't tell.

Current status
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Homosexuality is illegal, but long as you don't mention that you are gay you are fine.
Sources:
(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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Blood donations by MSMs in Zambia

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Blood donations by MSMs in Zambia is legal.

Current status
Legal
No restrictions listed.
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Conversion therapy in Zambia

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Conversion therapy in Zambia is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
Unknown.
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Equal age of consent in Zambia

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Equal age of consent in Zambia is n/a.

Current status
Since Sep 28, 2005
N/A
16 for heterosexual males/females. No established age of consent for homosexual males/females, but they can be charged with engaging in consensual activity starting at age 12.
Sources:
Zambian Penal Code (Amendment) Act of 2003. parliament.gov.zm/downloads…
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LGBT Rights by Province

View the LGBT laws in each individual province of Zambia.