Ethiopia

AT A GLANCE

Same Sex
Relations
Legal?

NO

Legal Gender
Recognition
Possible?

NO

LGBTI Orgs
Able to
Register?

NO

Actions Related
to SOGI at
the UN

2016: Opposed IE SOGI

Overview

Article 629 of the Penal Code of Ethiopia outlaws both male and female same-sex sexual activity. Although the law is rarely enforced, it contributes to the pervasive anti-LGBTIQ sentiment in the country. LGBTIQ people face social stigmatization, violence, harassment, and discrimination at the hands of government officials and private citizens. Christian and Muslim groups hold significant political and social influence and many actively campaign against recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ people, thus also reinforcing public perceptions that LGBTIQ identities are a sinful choice.