Angola

At a glance

  • Same-sex relations: legal
  • Legal gender recognition: not possible
  • Registration of LGBTIQ organizations: possible
  • Actions related to SOGI at UN: abstained from voting on IE SOGI in 2019

 

Overview

Angola has made progress on LGBTIQ issues; however, LGBTIQ people still face barriers to full equality. In 2019, the Angolan government adopted a new Penal Code effectively decriminalizing same-sex relations, and recognized real or perceived sexual orientation as aggravating circumstances in the commission of hate crime. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also explicitly outlawed. Despite these protections, LGBTIQ identities are stigmatized in Angola and LGBTIQ people continue to face discrimination in employment, education, housing, and healthcare. Transgender and gender non-conforming people are particularly vulnerable, because there is no process for legal gender recognition in Angola. LGBTIQ people are generally accepted or tolerated however, there is a predominantly catholic and protestant minority which views LGBTIQ identities as a sinful choice. LGBTIQ representation in the media is accurate and unbiased.