LGBT rights in Benin
|LGBT rights in Benin|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Benin may face legal issues not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual acts for both men and women are legal in Benin according to the International Lesbian and Gay Association's 2009 report, though same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.
Laws against homosexuality
Same-sex sexual acts are legal in Benin. Same-sex sexual acts were previously illegal for both men and women, with a penalty of between one and three years in prison and a fine between 100,000 and 300,000 francs (150 to 300 euros).
Recognition of same-sex relationships
There is no recognition of legal rights for same-sex couples.
A pro-LGBT Anglican group was established in Benin in 2006.
- Ottosson, Daniel (May 2009). State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults Page 48. International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). Retrieved on 2009-05-19.
- Ottosson, Daniel (May 2008). State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults Page 10. International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). Retrieved on 2009-01-12.
- Constitution of the Republic of Benin.
- International Lesbian and Gay Association, "Religion:Changing Attitude: First Anniversary of Changing Attitude Nigeria," August 8, 2006. 
- Is there gay life in Benin?
- UK government travel advice: Local laws and customs
- The Pink Shadows of Benin
- Asylumlaw.org: Sexual Minorities & HIV Status (Benin) â€” various information packets used for asylum purposes
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