Anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people come into force in Angola


Africa is home to some of the most dangerous places for LGBT people in the world but this week, the south western African nation of Angola took further steps towards equality.


The Angolan government passed a law in 2019 decriminalising same-sex relationships but as of last week, this now legally protects the rights of LGBT people in the country too.


According to, this does away with the ‘contentious “vices against nature” provision which targeted queer Angolans and hindered their access to healthcare, education and obtaining employment.’


The new law states that anyone found to be discriminating against someone because of their sexuality can be jailed for up to two years.


People on Twitter remarked that this makes the argument that other African nations are ‘not ready’ null and void as if this huge step forward can be taken in Angola, it can be taken in any country in the world.


In the central African country of Nigeria, homosexuality can be punishable by up to 14 years in prison or death and only got worse following the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act of 2013.