Botswana

LGBTI Rights in Botswana


ADDED ON: 06/08/2022

Hundreds attend southern Africa LGBTQ development conference.

A number of LGBTQ rights groups from across southern Africa participated in a recent conference in Cape Town, South Africa, that focused on how to advance equality in the region against the…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2022

“Fully embraced”? Bostwana’s queer struggles since decriminalisation.

In November 2021, Botswana’s Court of Appeal upheld a landmark 2019 ruling that had decriminalised gay sex. Before the original verdict, same-sex sexual activity had been punishable by up to seven years’…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2022

LGBTQI people on the continent are ‘children of the Africa soil’, says activist

LGBTI activist groups and their allies are gathering in Cape Town this week to discuss the progress being made to advance equality, freedom, and social inclusion for LGBTI people. The week-long conference -…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2022

Botswana | Activists slam “misleading” video about LGBTI sexuality

In the clip, a seemingly inebriated man is filmed talking about having sex with other men for money. He also claims that he does not use a condom. It’s not clear who made…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2022

Botswana’s president meets LGBT activists, supports their work

In a landmark meeting with representatives of the LGBT rights group LEGABIBO, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi vowed to protect LGBT persons’ human rights and to fully implement the recent historic court ruling…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2022

Botswana president vows to honour gay rights judgment.

Botswana's president vowed Monday to fully implement a 2019 court ruling decriminalising homosexuality, two months after losing an appeal that sought to overturn it. President Mokgweetsi Masisi invited LGBT leaders to his…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2021

Watch Botswana’s queer community rejoice as cruel bid to re-criminalise gay sex fails

The LGBT+ community in Botswana, and indeed around the world, breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday (29 November) after the country’s Court of Appeal upheld the 2019 ruling that decriminalised…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2021

Botswana appeals court upholds ruling that decriminalised gay sex

Botswana's Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalised gay sex, a decision hailed by gay community as establishing the southern African country as a "true democracy". Monday's decision…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2021

Botswana Court Reserves Judgement After State Appeals Gay Sex Ruling

GABORONE — Botswana's Court of Appeal on Tuesday reserved judgement in a case in which the state seeks to overturn a 2019 ruling that decriminalized same sex relations. In a landmark case the…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2021

Botswana appeals ruling allowing gay sex, court delays judgment

Botswanan judges on Tuesday postponed ruling on a case in which the government is seeking to overturn a 2019 ruling that decriminalised gay sex, saying the matter needed more research and debate.…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

Group in Botswana Works to Improve Health Care for Trans, Intersex People

An advocacy group in Botswana is working with medical providers to improve transgender and intersex people’s access to health care. African Women for Sexual Health and Gender Justice in late January conducted…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

First pan-African virtual Pride event takes place to share LGBT+ stories

The first pan-African virtual Pride event takes place on Friday aimed at bringing together LGBT+ Africans to share their stories of challenge and success from a continent where they are often criminalised…

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