1967 in LGBT Rights

In 1967, there were 10 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 12 changes made and 8 in the following year. A total of 93 legal changes were made in the 1960s.

  • November 12
    Same-sex marriage becomes banned.
    Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or 200,000 franc fine.
  • July 27
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    **LEGAL, WITH RESTRICTIONS** The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 legalized sexual acts between two men who were 21 or older (Excluding men serving in the military), but it placed new restrictions on sex for men who have sex with men. The act prohibited sex in places where a third party was likely to be present.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Age of consent equalised on November 20th 2000
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    **LEGAL, WITH RESTRICTIONS** The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 legalized sexual acts between two men who were 21 or older (Excluding men serving in the military), but it placed new restrictions on sex for men who have sex with men. The act prohibited sex in places where a third party was likely to be present.
  • June 9
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Although homosexuality is legal, any homosexual act with any person under the age of 21 is illegal.
  • January 1
    Censorship of LGBT issues becomes state-enforced.
    According to Article 13 of the Censorship and Entertainment Control Law (Law No. 37) (1967), "undesirable" publications - defined as those considered "indecent", "obscene", "offensive" or "harmful to public morals" - are subject to punishment with a fine or imprisonment of up to two years. More than that, there is the possibility of serious violations of freedom of association in the country due to the approval of a Bill to Amend the Private Voluntary Organizations Act (2023) which has caused concern from various international organizations and UN experts due to the possibility of serious violations of freedom of association in the country with the signing of the Bill by the president.
  • (date unknown)
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    The Sexual Offenses Act made sex between two men legal in 1967*, but it was only legal between consenting men who were 21 or older, whereas the age of consent for different sex couples was 16. *Sex between more than two men remained illegal until later.
  • Serving openly in military becomes illegal.
    The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 explicitly made serving in the military as an openly gay/bi man illegal. Prior to this act, it was illegal for a man to have sex with another man entirely, and therefore, it was also illegal.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 1967