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The Reality of Being Queer in Ethiopia

by Judy Bokao

Ethiopia is one of the 54 countries in Africa where being queer is illegal and punishable by 15 years to life in prison. There are no discrimination protection laws in place and no institution recognizes same-sex union. The LGBTQ community on Ethiopia is always constantly battling with high level of discrimination and abuses. According to the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project, 97 percent of Ethiopia residents believe that homosexuality is a way of life that is unacceptable in society. This was the second-highest rate of non-acceptance in the 45…

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