Mozambique: Anti-gay law is gone, anti-gay bias remains

Colin Stewart
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Add Mozambique to the list of countries with no law against same-sex intimacy, which isn’t to say that LGBTI people in that east African nation enjoy equal treatment under the law.

The country’s LGBTI advocacy organization, Lambda, has been fighting since 2008 for official government recognition.

Last year, Mozambique revised a Penal Code that had been in effect, with some amendments, since it was  a Portuguese colony.

In the process, legislators removed a section that allowed “security measures” to be taken against people “who habitually engage in vices against nature.” Acceptable measures in response to those “vices against nature” included requiring a bond to assure good behavior, putting violators on probation, or confining them to a workhouse or agricultural colony for up to three years.

Location of Mozambique in southeast Africa.

Because of that section of the Penal Code, arguments occasionally erupted over whether Mozambique deserved to be included in lists of countries with anti-gay laws.

Until now, this blog included it, following the lead of the annual State-Sponsored Homophobia report from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA.

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