Joseph O'Mahoney does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the British prime minister, Theresa May, urged Commonwealth nations to reform existing anti-gay legislation held over from British colonial rule. Her speech came in the aftermath of a recent court decision by Trinidad and Tobago to decriminalise homosexuality. As we show in our newly published book, British Colonialism and the Criminalisation of Homosexuality , many laws that make homosexuality a crime today were imposed during rule by the British Empire. From onwards, the empire spread a specific set of legal codes and common law throughout its colonies, among them laws proscribing male-to-male sexual relations.
Mapping anti-gay laws in Africa
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LGBT rights in Uganda
Legal rights are diminishing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people across the African continent. It's already illegal to be gay in Uganda. If you're found to have had a same-sex relationship, you can expect to spend seven years in prison. But Uganda's anti-gay laws have become even harsher.
Yet the ruling was delivered only weeks after the High Court of Kenya upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, underscoring the wide differences in how L. An anonymous plaintiff, identified in court papers only as L. But on Tuesday, three judges voted unanimously to revoke the laws. Since , several more countries in Southern Africa have decriminalized same-sex relations, including Mozambique, Angola and Lesotho. In , South Africa legalized gay marriage , becoming the fifth country in the world to do so.