In a move to be progressive and catch up with the rest of the world, Angola becomes the latest African country to decriminalized homosexuality.
Adopting a new penal code that rids of the ‘vices against nature’ provision which the discrimination of LGBTQ Angolans was hinged on, specifically on matters of healthcare, employment and education – individuals who are caught discriminating against members of the LGBTQ community will now be subject to a prison term of up-to two years.
This progressive move by the African nation comes on the heels of the only formal LGBTQ organisation ‘Iris Angola’ being recognised formally and legally by the Angolan government. Speaking on the historic move, Carlos Fernandes, a director at ‘Iris Angola’ explained: “We’re turning the page for gay citizens who now have a body that is recognized by the state which gives more weight to the work of our organisation.”
While some African countries are yet to evolve, and still view same-sex relations as criminal, this move by the Angolan government is a much-needed step in the right direction.