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Gay Guide Senegal
Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalize homosexuality. Senegal has strong political and economic ties to a number of conservative Islamic governments and institutions. There has been an alarming increase in the number of arrests for alleged sexual acts "against nature". There have been fewer cases of violence and discrimination after the 2011 Human Rights Report by the US State Department. But the figures could have also come down because many homosexuals hide in fear, or because the state has reduced the number of prosecutions in view of the heightened international attention. Homosexuality is said to be an "immoral and unnatural act" and is illegal according to article 319, paragraph 3 of the Penal Code in Senegal. It is punishable with imprisonment of up to five years and fines. If the act was committed with a person under the age of 21, the maximum penalty is always applied. Islam condemns homosexuality and forbids believers from becoming involved, but the Senegal society tolerates homosexuals. For example, they are not assaulted. They are however considered to bring shame upon their families and when they die they are not buried in the same burial plot as their family. Gay men exist and generally make contact in the streets. On the 19th December 2008 several police officers burst into the private residence of an HIV outreach worker. Nine men were imprisoned on charges of homosexuality The men were arrested only days after Senegal served as the host for the 15th International Conference on AIDS.
Cities in Senegal
Location: West Africa
International country code: 221 (no area codes)
International access code: 00
Language: Wolof and French
Area: 196,722 km² / 76,593 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Franc (CFA) = 100 Centimes
Religions: 94% Muslim, 4% Christian
Climate: Hot and humid tropical climate. Rainy season from Dec-Apr.