Sierra Leone

Male same-sex sexual activity is illegal, punishable with life imprisonment, and there is no protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


Male to male relationships: Not legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more

Female to female relationships: Legal

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law

More on the law of Sierra Leone at

Legal incidents and social climate

Members of the LGBT community in Sierra Leone began to campaign for LGBT rights in 2002, with the creation of the Dignity Association. While the government tolerated its existence, the organization and its members are frequent targets of harassment, even murder.

In 2004, Fanny Ann Eddy, the founder of the first LGBT-rights organization in Sierra Leone, was brutally murdered. While working in her office, several men broke in, raped and murdered her. Many human rights activists believed that she was targeted for being gay and her work on behalf of the rights of women and the LGBT community. (Source:

Social attitudes and mores tend to be hostile to homosexuality and cross-dressing. As a result, individual politicians, political parties and other political organizations in Sierra Leone avoid making public statements on LGBT rights or come out in opposition to them on religious grounds.

LGBT organizations/networks

None found as of July 2012




Sierra Leone 2013Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Access to Health Care and Violence/Bias. A Sierra Leone Case Study

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