Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Sierra Leone face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Male same-sex sexual activity (whether in public or private) is illegal in Sierra Leone and carries a possible penalty of life imprisonment (with hard labor), although this law is seldom enforced. Female same sex sexual activity is legal.
Male same-sex sexual activity is illegal under Section 61 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861, and imprisonment for life is possible. Female same-sex sexual activity is legal.
This law was inherited from the United Kingdom and is “seldom (if ever) enforced”.
Sierra Leone is one of 94 nations to sign the “United Nations Statement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, which supports decriminalization of homosexuality and transgender identity.
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