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Country Overview

Zimbabwe

At a glance

Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?

No

Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?

No

Legal Gender Recognition Possible?

No

LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?

Yes

Actions Related to SOGI at the UN:

2016: Opposed IE SOGI

2019:

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Section 72 of the Criminal Code of Zimbabwe outlaws same-sex relations under “sodomy” and “indecent act” clauses. Same-sex marriage is banned by the constitution, and no explicit legal protections exist for LGBTIQ people. The government has carried out a long-lasting campaign against recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ people. This has given the green light, while the Criminal Code has provided legal cover, for targeting, arrest, extortion and harassment of LGBTIQ people, particularly GBIQ men and transgender women, at the hands of law enforcement and government officials. Violence and harassment at the hands of private individuals is also an issue. Societal opinion of LGBTIQ people is largely negative and LGBTIQ issues are highly taboo, with the exception of the younger generation in urban areas. LGBTIQ people are often rejected by their families. The media tends to depict LGBTIQ persons negatively and sensationalize LGBTIQ issues. Politicians regularly use anti-LGBTIQ hate speech, while religious organizations campaign against the recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ people. 

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