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Gay Travel in Africa

By November 5, 2012

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Gay in Cape TownIf you're gay and interested in traveling to Africa, it's important to read up on your destination's legal and social attitudes to same-sex couples. For example, Morocco has long been a popular destination for gay men, but homosexuality is considered illegal and Moroccans are generally socially conservative. In Kenya, and Ghana, homosexuality is a punishable offense and you can be imprisoned for up to 14 years. In Uganda, politicians called for the death penalty for repeat offenders of homosexual acts. Today's news noted that Malawi has just suspended its anti-gay laws where homosexual acts also carried a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail. So when you see male friends holding hands throughout Africa, note that it has nothing to do with their sexual orientation.

South Africa, in stark contrast to its neighbors, is very gay-friendly. Gay marriage is legal and gay rights are upheld in its constitution. Cape Town is a mecca for gay couples looking for fun and relaxation without having to feel paranoid about their sexual orientation. If it's your first time traveling to Africa (other than South Africa) you may want to consider a gay-friendly tour.

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