Angola

AT A GLANCE

Same Sex
Relations
Legal?

YES

Legal Gender
Recognition
Possible?

NO

LGBTI Orgs
Able to
Register?

YES

Actions Related
to SOGI at
the UN

2019: Abstained from Voting IE SOGI

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 and LGBTIQ people continue to face discrimination in employment, education, housing, and healthcare. As there is no process for legal gender recognition, nor are there legal protections on the basis of gender identity, transgender and gender non-conforming people are particularly vulnerable. While acceptance and tolerance of LGBTIQ people has increased, there is a predominantly catholic and protestant minority which views LGBTIQ identities as a sinful choice. LGBTIQ representation in the media tends to be accurate and largely unbiased.