With the exception of south africa and cape verde, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) rights in africa are limited in comparison to western europe and much of the americas and oceania. Out of the 54 states recognised by the united nations or african union or both, the international gay and lesbian association stated in 2015 that homosexuality is outlawed in 34 african countries. Human rights watch notes that another two countries, benin and the central african republic, do not outlaw homosexuality, but have certain laws which apply differently to heterosexual and homosexual individuals. Human rights watch notes that another two countries, benin and the central african republic, do not outlaw homosexuality, but have certain laws which apply differently to heterosexual and homosexual individuals. homosexuality, morally and religiously adjudged as inhuman and obscene is gradually gaining momentum in the 21st century. Heres a map and details of where its illegal to be gay in africa. The information comes from the 2017 report by the international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association (ilga). kwadukuza, april 7 - the small town of kwadukuza was set abuzz this weekend as a young couple said i do. What was unusual about the ceremony was that it was the areas first traditional african. Reinforcing this is the fact that populist homophobia has kept many politicians in power. For gay and lesbian travelers, africa and the middle east represents somewhat of a challenge. In some countries the way of life simply banned by laws and person charged with any homosexual act could face years in prison. That said there are many underground scenes, helping hands, and friendly people that can make travel here more than worthwhile. Legal rights are diminishing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (lgbti) people across the african continent. If youre found to have had a same-sex relationship, you can expect to spend seven years in prison.