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Gay Guide Namibia
An age of consent is defined only for women and it is 16 years. Homosexuality is taboo in parts of Namibian society. The sexual orientation of workers is protected by a general ban on discrimination in the country's constitution. Homosexual acts among men are officially still illegal in Namibia - but are no longer prosecuted as long as they take place in a private environment. Same-sex partnerships are not recognised within registered partnerships or even marriage. In 2006, even the distribution of condoms in prisons was rejected by the Ministry of Security, as it would amount to a "call for the continuation of homosexual contacts". According to the United Nations, one in five people in Namibia is infected with HIV (more than 21%). Many gay men are forced to live a double life and take a wife. In recent years, however, there has also been progress: gay and lesbian demonstrations are now permitted, the first took place in Keetmanshoop in 2009. Furthermore, in 2016 the Dutch Reformed Church campaigned for the equality of LGBT. Namibia is a wonderful holiday destination that offers interesting activities such as game viewing in luxurious Kalahari safari huts, rafting on the Kunene River or trips in the footsteps of desert elephants.
Cities in Namibia
Location: South West Africa
International country code: 264 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 09
Language: English, Afrikaans, Native Languages & German
Currency: 1 Namibia Dollar (N$) = 100 Cents
Religions: 50% Lutheran, 20% Catholic
Climate: Desert climate that is hot and dry. Rainfall is sparse and erratic. Autumn (Apr-Sep) is the best time to visit Namibia.
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