LGBT rights in Botswana
|LGBT rights in Botswana|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Illegal|
|Up to 7 years imprisonment|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Botswana face legal issues not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Both female and male same-sex sexual acts are illegal in Botswana.
Laws against homosexuality
According to chapter 08:01 of the penal code:
Although homosexual acts are illegal, prosecution of such acts is rare.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
Same-sex couples have no legal recognition.
Homosexuality is taboo in traditional Botswana culture. It is commonly seen as a western, non-African issue.
Botswana's primary LGBT rights organization is Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO). It has no official recognition from the governmentâ€”and because it is not a registered organization, it cannot legally raise funds. A spokesman from the organization said, â€œthe government has stated that it will refuse to register our organization because to do so would be tantamount to registering an organization of criminals."
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